VBSR Virtual Workshop Series: From B to Z: A Deep Dive on B Corp Certification
Join VBSR, B Corp Consultant Rebecca Coffey, and representatives from Vermont B Corps, for a 2-part virtual workshop series, From B to Z: A Deep Dive on B Corp Certification. B Corps represent the highest level of social and environmental impact in business today. The B Corp Certification process and the B Impact Assessment provides businesses with a framework and tools to measure and quantify their impact, as well as identify opportunities for continued growth.
The first virtual workshop is designed to orient businesses who are interested in or considering becoming a B Corp to the process, intentions, benefits, and logistics of the certification process.
The second virtual workshop will be a space for in-depth discussions and specific questions about aspects of the B Impact Assessment as well as the Re-Certification Process, legal update, impact reporting, B Lab reviews and other related topics.
Join us for one virtual workshop or both:
Part 1: B Corp Basics
Wednesday, October 20th
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
What is a B Corp? How do companies achieve B Corp Certification? Why do companies certify, and who is eligible? Join VBSR and Rebecca Coffey for an educational workshop designed to answer your questions about the logistics, intentions, and process of B Corp Certification. We will also hear from Jerelyn Wilson of BuildingGreen about her experience going through the impact assessment and certification process when BuildingGreen became a B Corp in late 2019. This workshop is intended for those interested in stewarding their own company through B Corp Certification, or those interested in finding out more about the certification and B Corp movement.
Part 2: Beyond B Corp Basics
Wednesday, November 3rd
11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
This virtual workshop is for companies who are already engaged in any stage of the B Corp Certification or Re-Certification process and are looking for a place to bring their questions and challenges. We will also hear from Eliza Leeper of Vermont Creamery about her experience stewarding Vermont Creamery’s B Corp Certification and Re-Certification processes as well as about the impact reports that Vermont Creamery has developed. Please join us for a lively discussion and be ready to ask all of your questions. Including:
- I am in the process of completing the BIA and am stuck on a particular question – help!
- What is the B Corp Re-Certification process?
- What if there isn’t Benefit Corporation legislation where my company is incorporated?
- What are the current wait times on the B Lab review and costs to submit the BIA and certify?
- What is an impact report and why should my company write one?
- and more!
These workshops will take place virtually, and the details to join each workshop will be sent via email to all who register, in advance of the event. Closed captioning via live transcription will be available during both of these workshops. Both workshops will be recorded and the recordings will be shared with all who register.
Meet Our Workshop Presenters:
Lead Consultant, Impact Growth Partners
Rebecca serves as IGP’s lead consultant. Since IGP’s inception, Rebecca has helped companies measure and improve their social and environmental impact and achieve B Corp Certification. She works with companies across a wide range of industries and geographies. Her clients have included 818, Vivobarefoot, Good Culture, Reel, Tidal NY, Leesa, and Greenvest. Rebecca brings nearly 15 years of nonprofit strategic growth, revenue generation, board development, and organizational collaboration to the field of stakeholder capitalism. As founder and previous director of New Haven Farms (now Gather New Haven) and a Deshpande Foundation Fellow, Rebecca understands how to successfully build and run a mission-driven organization. Rebecca earned her MPA from Columbia University, and lives in London with her husband and three young children.
CEO and Outreach Ambassador, BuildingGreen
Jerelyn Wilson is CEO of BuildingGreen, Inc., a 15-person, B-Corp-certified, consulting and publishing company in Brattleboro that is recognized nationally as a leader in the sustainable design and construction field. She also serves as president of the Board of the Brattleboro Food Co-op, which has 8,000 members, 140 employees, and annual revenue of over $23 million. She lives in Dummerston, where she recently stepped down after six years on the Selectboard. She lives with her husband of 37 years and regularly cares for their two-year-old grandson who lives just up the road.
Mission & Customer Manager, Vermont Creamery
Eliza Leeper is Vermont Creamery’s Mission Manager. In addition to overseeing our donation program and employee enrichment programs, she also spearheads all community and industry philanthropy initiatives and volunteerism efforts.