B Impact Assessment tool: how does your business measure up?

27 January 2014

Looking for a free, confidential assessment of your company’s social and environmental performance? Check out the B Impact Assessment, which measures the overall impact of a business on all stakeholders.

The B Impact Assessment is an online tool run by the US not-for-profit organisation B Lab that helps businesses assess their impact on different stakeholders – including employees, suppliers, customers, community and environment.  

Businesses can use the B Impact Assessment to:

  • Assess their current impact on all stakeholders, measured through 50-150 easy-to-answer questions;
  • Review and compare their B Impact Report, which provides an objective rating of their current performance;
  • Improve their impact through access to tools and best practice guides.

B Lab is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. It created the B Corporation certification for companies, awarded when organisations meet certain standards of transparency and sustainability. And in case you were wondering, the ‘B’ stands for ‘beneficial’.

SBN assessment tools

Closer to home, the Sustainable Business Network has developed two other tools to help you assess your business’s sustainability performance:

This is a comprehensive improvement tool that takes a sustainability lens across your whole organisation outlining where you are doing well and where there is room for improvement. It covers 11 key areas and participants are benchmarked against each other according to size of organisation and sector.

  • Get Sust Online – a quick and easy online sustainability assessment tool for businesses of any type or size.

This assessment tool is ideal for businesses beginning on their sustainability journey. You can gauge where you’re up to, download valuable resources, benchmark yourself against other businesses, and measure progress in five key areas. The tool is free to SBN members and available to non-members at a cost.

Contact us if you’d like to find out more about the Get Sustainable Challenge or Get Sust Online.

SBN member assessment tools

Another example of a local and free online sustainability assessment tool is from The Sustainability Company who offer a review matrix. The matrix provides a quick “snapshot” assessment of where a business is at, allows customisation to each business’ needs and prompts broader sustainability thinking.