B Lab and the Global Impact Investing Network Update Alignment on their Standards

Allowing companies and investors to use the B Impact Assessment alongside IRIS+ more efficiently
By B Lab Global
April 15, 2021

New York, 14 April 2021 — B Lab and the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), two standards-based organizations, have teamed up to update upon an existing alignment between their impact measurement and management tools, the B Impact Assessment (BIA) and IRIS+, respectively. This update reflects the most recent version of the BIA (Version 6) and allows companies who use either the BIA or IRIS+ to identify where there are correlations between BIA indicators and IRIS metrics, thus enabling harmonization of data between the two tools.

To access this alignment, visit: https://iris.thegiin.org/document/iris-and-b-impact-assessment/

Who is this for? Impact investors, companies/enterprises, and service providers working with impact investors and companies who are interested in using both the BIA and IRIS+ together.

About the BIA The BIA is a free, confidential online tool that has been used by over 100,000 companies to measure and manage their impact on all of their stakeholders. The BIA takes a holistic view of business impact by measuring a company’s positive impact performance across five stakeholder-focused “Impact Areas” — Governance, Workers, Community, Environment and Customers — and encompassing all aspects of a business’s operations and business model. Companies begin with a score of zero, and as they complete the assessment they earn points for the positive practices they have in place.

About IRIS+ IRIS+ is the generally accepted system for measuring, managing, and optimizing impact. Developed with broad stakeholder input, IRIS+ can be used by asset owners, asset managers, enterprises, and other impact investing stakeholders working to understand, assess, and advance impact performance.

About B Lab B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, and tools for business, and we certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, our community includes nearly 4,000 B Corps in over 70 countries and 150 industries, and over 100,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.

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