B Impact Clinic

B Impact Clinic
student and clients at presentation

896

Spring 2020 cohort collectively gained 896 hours of hands-on experience


25%

Students hired post-program for follow up work with clients


100%

All participating client companies have improved their impact scores


What is the B Impact Clinic?

In the spring of 2019, we partnered with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) to launch UNH’s first B Impact Clinic.

The B Impact Clinic gathers teams of cross-discipline undergraduate students to serve as consultants for regional companies that are working to complete their B Impact Assessment. The BIA is an open-access, rigorous assessment tool, which is widely regarded as a comprehensive way to assess a company’s impact. Students help company leaders who want to address their social and environmental impact. Students are matched with companies to help them complete the BIA, become B Corp certified, re-certified, or to simply understand how they perform. Learn about the details of the program below.
Meet the Spring 2020 teams

 

2019-2020 IMPACT

28  students
volunteered
over
1,568 hrs  

Creating 
$42,650 of value
for the community

Important Dates & Reminders

October 16 
Spring 2021 STUDENT Applications Due 
Apply

ON A ROLLING BASIS
Spring 2021 COMPANY Applications (Filling up fast!)
Or apply for any future semester.
Apply

December 9
B Impact Clinic Virtual Showcase
REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 

Questions?

Contact Fiona Wilson for more information or to be connected to a previous cohort member to learn about their experience.

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    "It was inspiring to work with people that were just as passionate about people and the planet and I realized how important it was for me to find a career that aligned with these values. The B Impact Clinic challenged me to step outside the classroom, apply concepts I learned and make a real difference."
    - Former B Impact Clinic student
     

    “The B Impact Clinic can have such a formative impact on every aspect of how business is done for a company. We've reimagined and rethought many processes in such a brighter light.”

    “Our future is bright! I was endlessly impressed with the passion, knowledge and professionalism of the UNH B Impact Clinic teams.”
    - Former B Impact Clinic clients

More Details for Students

The Clinic is a real-world learning opportunity for students to step out of the traditional classroom to work with local companies and gain first-hand experience of what makes a truly sustainable business and successful B Corporation.

As an immersive learning project and an excellent educational platform, the Clinic is centered around “sustainable business”, due to the comprehensive and rigorous assessment that evaluates all aspects of the company’s operations.

Participants will meet weekly to collaborate on their project and participate in lectures and activities discussing how companies can benefit from a triple bottom line: people, planet, and profit.

  • Experience working with businesses in a professional environment on a project that will contribute to the company’s overall success
  • Experience working with peers from all years and different majors
  • Gain invaluable project management skills
  • Resume building
  • Expand your network to local NH and ME businesses
  • Earn credit: This opportunity is available for students to receive two independent study credits (via Dr. Fiona Wilson). This program also satisfies on Business in Practice (BiP) experience requirement for PAUL students.

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  • Meet weekly with clients/B Impact Clinic cohort
  • Spend approximately 1 hour outside of weekly meetings to prepare and complete follow-up work
  • Attend and prepare for the four major events of the semester (which generally run from 5:20-7:00 on Wednesday nights)
    • Student Orientation (first week of classes)
    • Client Kick-off (Second week of classes. Clients present their businesses and goals for the semester and students are able to rank who they would most like to work with)
    • Mid-Semester Check-in (a chance to meet in person with your clients to reflect on, and share with the cohort, what you’ve completed thus far and what your plan of action for the rest of the semester is)
    • Final Presentation Showcase (each team shares the work they completed and the lessons they learned from the Clinic in a 10 minute presentation to clients, UNH faculty and staff, family and friends)

More Details for Company Partners

Small teams of motivated, cross-discipline, UNH students serve as consultants for regional businesses seeking to elevate their social and environmental impact and help them complete the B Impact Assessment (BIA) to understand performance on a full range of sustainability dimensions, including workers, customers, community, environment, and governance. Companies can also use the tool to pursue B Corp Certification.

   PHASE 1
 

   PHASE 2

   PHASE 3

   PHASE 4

Complete a first pass through the B Impact Assessment

Meet student teams and begin to gather data

Student teams perform analysis and introduce recommendations

Student teams present final recommendations at the Showcase

  • Identify a single point person within your company to serve as a primary contact with the student team and commit at least 1 hour per week to the B Impact Clinic
    • This person must commit to weekly video calls with their student consultants. Ideally this would be done on Wednesdays from 5:10-6:00 (as this is when the Clinic meets) but timing can be flexible
  • Participating companies must complete the B Impact Assessment prior to the program start. While not every question has to be answered with 100% certainty, an initial pass through of all the questions you are able to answer is an invaluable time saver. This will allow for the students to dive into helping you with the intricacies of the assessment as well as documentation and suggested improvements as soon as possible.
  • In order to participate fully, company participants are expected to have a representative participate in person or virtually to each of the semester’s three key events:
    • Company Kick-off (in which clients present their businesses and goals for the semester to the student consultants)
    • Mid-semester meeting (a chance to meet in person with your student consultants to reflect on the progress you’ve made and plan for the final few weeks)
    • Final Presentation Showcase (each team shares the work they completed and the lessons they learned from the Clinic in a 10 minute presentation to clients, UNH faculty and staff, family and friends)

About the B Impact Assessment & B Corp Certification

The BIA is administered by the B Lab, a nonprofit that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The assessment examines a company's impact on their workers, community, environment, and customers along with the company's governance structure and accountability. To become a certified B Corp a company must score 80 out of 200 available points.

Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

B Corp certification is about a decade old. There are now 2655 companies across 150 industries that are certified including Patagonia, Danone,  Ben & Jerry’s, Cabot, Seventh Generation and Eileen Fisher. New Hampshire is proud to be home to several leading B Corps including Stonyfield, W.S. Badger, Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs, ReVision Energy, Veris Wealth Partners, and Mascoma Bank. There are a number of certified B Corps in the surrounding states as well. 

Benefit corporations and Certified B Corporations are often confused. The B Corp Certification is a third-party certification administered by the non-profit B Lab, based in part on a company's verified performance on the B Impact Assessment. The benefit corporation is a legal structure for a business, like an LLC or a corporation. Benefit corporations are legally empowered to pursue positive stakeholder impact alongside profit. Some companies are both Certified B Corporations and benefit corporations, and the benefit corporation structure fulfills the legal accountability requirement of B Corp Certification. Learn more about the difference.

The standards for B Corp Certification are overseen by B Lab's independent Standards Advisory Council. Members of the Standards Advisory Council bring industry and stakeholder expertise to bear during the three-year update cycle for the B Impact Assessment, complaints made against Certified B Corps, and material disclosures made by companies pursuing B Corp Certification.

  • Brianna Kelly
    2020 B Impact Clinic | 2020 Semester in the City
    Brianna is a Community and Environmental Planning major. She has experience with working with environmental non-profits after working for the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) as a part of the Semester in the City program. Brianna is very excited for the opportunity to participate in the B Impact Clinic, learn more about B Corporations, and learn how she can make a difference for our…
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  • Sarah W
    2019/20 B Impact Clinic | 2020 Social Innovation Intern
    Sarah Wilkinson is dual majoring in Analytical Economics and Sustainability and pursuing a minor in Mathematics.
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