The B Corp Handbook, Second Edition 2nd Edition

How You Can Use Business as a Force for Good

Ryan Honeyman (Author) | Tiffany Jana (Author)

Forthcoming: 04/23/2019

The B Corp Handbook, Second Edition
B Corps are a global movement of more than 2,700 companies in 60 countries—like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, Kickstarter, Danone North America, and Eileen Fisher—that are using the power of business as a force for good. B Corps have been certified to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This book is the authoritative guide to the what, why, and how of B Corp certification.

Coauthors Ryan Honeyman and Dr. Tiffany Jana spoke with the leaders of over 200 B Corps from around the world to get their insights on becoming a Certified B Corp, improving their social and environmental performance, and building a more inclusive economy. The second edition has been completely revised and updated to include a much stronger focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). These changes are important because DEI can no longer be a side conversation—it must be a core value for any company that aspires to make money and make a difference.

While this book is framed around the B Corp movement, any company, regardless of size, industry, or location, can use the tools contained here to learn how to build a better business. As the authors vividly demonstrate, using business as a force for good can help you attract and retain the best talent, distinguish your company in a crowded market, and increase trust in your brand.

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Overview

B Corps are a global movement of more than 2,700 companies in 60 countries—like Patagonia, Ben & Jerry's, Kickstarter, Danone North America, and Eileen Fisher—that are using the power of business as a force for good. B Corps have been certified to have met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. This book is the authoritative guide to the what, why, and how of B Corp certification.

Coauthors Ryan Honeyman and Dr. Tiffany Jana spoke with the leaders of over 200 B Corps from around the world to get their insights on becoming a Certified B Corp, improving their social and environmental performance, and building a more inclusive economy. The second edition has been completely revised and updated to include a much stronger focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). These changes are important because DEI can no longer be a side conversation—it must be a core value for any company that aspires to make money and make a difference.

While this book is framed around the B Corp movement, any company, regardless of size, industry, or location, can use the tools contained here to learn how to build a better business. As the authors vividly demonstrate, using business as a force for good can help you attract and retain the best talent, distinguish your company in a crowded market, and increase trust in your brand.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Ryan Honeyman
Ryan is a consultant at LIFT Economy and has helped Ben & Jerry’s, King Arthur Flour, Method, Klean Kanteen, and Nutiva become Certified B Corporations and maximize the value of their B Corp certification. Ryan has written articles for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Utne Reader, and TriplePundit. He has also been a featured speaker at SOCAP, Bioneers, the B Corp Champions Retreat, CatalystCreativ, and the Sustainable Enterprise Conference. Ryan holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Visit Author Page - Tiffany Jana
Ryan Honeyman is a consultant at LIFT Economy and has helped Ben & Jerry’s, King Arthur Flour, Method, Klean Kanteen, and Nutiva become Certified B Corporations and maximize the value of their B Corp certification. Ryan has written articles for the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, Utne Reader, and TriplePundit. He has also been a featured speaker at SOCAP, Bioneers, the B Corp Champions Retreat, CatalystCreativ, and the Sustainable Enterprise Conference.

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Endorsements

The B Corp Handbook shows that an economic agenda that serves people's needs while respecting planetary boundaries is compatible, and ultimately even necessary, for financial success.”
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever

“Every business owner interested in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive economy should read this book.”
Dawn Sherman, CEO, Native American Natural Foods

“In an increasingly complex world, big brands and companies are fundamentally challenged as to whose interests they really serve. We joined the B Corp movement because we are convinced that addressing this challenge directly is the best way to reinforce trust with our stakeholders.”
Emmanuel Faber, CEO, Danone

“The B Corp principles of social, environmental, and economic justice are deeply aligned with the mission and core values of our worker-owned cooperative.”
Adria Powell, CEO, Cooperative Home Care Associates

“Our holistic vision for the company centers around our clothing, mindful business practices, and supporting every employee's purpose. Being a B Corp allows us to fulfill our purpose in a bold way with other like-minded companies. The B Corp Handbook serves as a guide for using business as a force for good.”

Eileen Fisher, Founder and President, EILEEN FISHER

“I hope that five years from now, ten years from now, we'll look back and say B Corporations were the start of the revolution. The existing paradigm isn't working anymore--this is the future.”
Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia

The B Corp Handbook provides an essential teaching resource in preparing the next generation of business leaders to build a more sustainable and inclusive economy.”
Jessica Thomas, Director, Business Sustainability Collaborative, North Carolina State University

“We became a Certified B Corp because it closely aligns with our purpose-driven business model of community reinvestment, entrepreneurship, women's empowerment, education, and wellness.”
Emmet Dennis, Chief Marketing Officer, Sundial Brands

“The second edition of
The B Corp Handbook goes beyond the first edition by helping companies make progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Don't just wait for economic justice; make it happen!”
Naomi Vickers, Chief Operating Officer, BLK Capital Management

“I think B Corporations will make more profits than other types of companies.”
Robert Shiller, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics and Professor of Economics, Yale University

The B Corp Handbook shows how using business as a force for good, not just pursuing short-term profits, can be better for consumers, employees, local communities, the environment, and your company's long-term bottom line.”
Tony Hsieh, New York Times bestselling author of Delivering Happiness and CEO, Zappos.com

“B Corporations recast the goals of the traditional business enterprise. They are becoming more prevalent as a new breed of businessperson seeks purpose with the fervor that traditional economic theory says entrepreneurs seek profit.”
Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When and Drive

“A must-read for every for-profit enterprise that aims to create social impact.”
Cathy Clark, Adjunct Professor and Director, CASE i3, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

The B Corp Handbook proves that any company can be pro-community, pro-business, and pro-environment—at the same time. Ryan Honeyman and Tiffany Jana show that there does not have to be any tradeoff between profitability and creating positive social change.”
Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce

“In contrast to the plethora of books that discuss only the problems facing society,
The B Corp Handbook offers a concrete, positive, market-based, and scalable systemic solution to addressing our greatest social and environmental challenges.”
Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There

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