For the first time, things are firing on all cylinders.

B Lab's vision is to build a new sector of the economy that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. We do that through three interrelated efforts, and right now all three have significant momentum.

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Certifications are up more than 75 percent in 2010 vs. 2009, bringing us to 370 B Corps from more than 60 industries.

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There are many reasons businesses pursue B Corp certification, including some you may not expect.

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Leadership requires continuous improvement.

B Corps span a variety of industries, and each one is at a different stage on the path to sustainability. However, they are all using the B Impact Assessment to improve and communicate performance.

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B Corporations score 25% higher than other Sustainable Businesses on the B Impact Rating System, which assesses corporate impact on employees, consumers, community and the environment.

Learn how B Corporations compare to other Sustainable Businesses and Other Businesses in the five impact areas (Consumers, Community, Environment, Employees and Accountability).

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Thanks to the work of B Lab and its partners, corporations can now be protected from shareholder litigation in the name of profit maximization. Benefit Corporation legislation creates a legal framework that allows companies to keep their founding values, not just shareholder value, at the forefront. It was passed in Maryland and Vermont and is now moving forward with broad bipartisan support in nine states.

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B Lab is running its first national ad campaign on behalf of the community of Certified B Corps. With the help of marketing, branding and media companies within the B Corp community, the campaign will reach 17 million conscious consumers and invite them to support "a better way of doing business.

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There are over 370 B Corporations creating positive social and environmental impact. Meet several leading companies achieving high impact in areas assessed by the B Impact Rating System: Environment, Community, Consumers and Employees.

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B Corps receive a free GIIRS rating, making them more visible and attractive to the growing number of impact investors. Learn more about the launch of B Lab's GIIRS Impact Rating System here. »

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