Pending B Corps

For start-ups and small companies committed to using business as a force for good.

The Pending B Corp status is designed to give start-ups and smaller companies time to prepare for the rigorous process of full B Corp Certification.

Taking this step signals to current and future investors that a company measures and manages its social and environmental performance with the best tools available. It also demonstrates strong governance as the company must adopt a legal framework to protect mission and brand equity.

Becoming a Pending B Corp is not the same as becoming a Certified B Corp. Pending B Corp status is finite; after being in operation* for a period of time determined by the regional B Lab or Sistema B organization, a company must go through the full verification process with B Lab. However, the Pending B Corp status can give companies a head start by taking these initial steps.

*Check out this article from our Knowledge Base for clarity on what constitutes “in operation.”


Note that this process will vary depending on region and company size. Contact your regional B Lab or Sistema B organization for more information. 

  1. Meet the legal accountability requirement for B Corp Certification: The legal accountability requirement means you must incorporate stakeholder governance into the legal structure of your startup. This means that your company is legally accountable to people — your workers, customers, clients, and the communities in which you operate — and the planet. Note: Companies in regions without a legal framework are not eligible for Pending B Corp status.

  2. Complete and submit a prospective B Impact Assessment: By completing the B Impact Assessment, you’ll learn about B Corp standards and identify the right policies and practices to put in place as your company grows. Your prospective B Impact Assessment will not be verified by B Lab and you will not receive a verified score while you are a Pending B Corp. If you choose to continue on your pathway to become a Certified B Corp after one year of operations, please complete an updated assessment reporting on your company’s implemented practices where we can verify practices for full B Corp certification.

  3. Sign the Pending B Corp agreement and pay a one-time fee: B Lab will provide you with a contractual agreement that outlines more details about Pending B Corp status. Fees for Pending B Corp are determined by your local B Lab or Sistema B organization. 

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