B Impact Assessment

Last updated: 2019

Tool designed to help organisations measure and manage their impact on workers, community, environment, and customers.

Use this resource to:

  • Identify sustainability topics: Fill in the online questionnaire to understand performance on sustainability topics that are likely relevant to manage, based on the organisation’s size, sector, and geography. B Lab’s questionnaire is developed through research and public consultation, and so provides an evidence-based starting point for identifying sustainability topics to measure.
  • Measure sustainability performance: Use the B Impact Assessment as a set of metrics. The questionnaire enables organisations to quickly get started collecting information on performance on sustainability topics that are likely relevant to manage, based on the organisation’s size, sector, and geography.
  • Assess impacts: Fill in the questionnaire to track change in performance over time. Each question is scored – some with reference to social or ecological thresholds – to help the organisation determine whether it is performing sustainably on that topic.
  • Benchmark: Compare performance with peers on each sustainability topic or as a whole organisation. If an organisation scores 80 points or above on the questionnaire, it can apply to be certified as a B Corp. The tool provides guidance to help organisations improve their score every year, and all B Corps must update their responses to the self-assessment to re-certify every three years.

CDP’s Disclosure System

Last updated: 2021

Tool for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The CDP Disclosure System supports companies in making their environmental impact transparent to stakeholders, better understanding how they can reduce their impact, and act to become environmental leaders.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Identify sustainability topics: Fill in CDP’s questionnaires to understand the relevant climate change, forests and water security impacts to measure, based on the organization’s size, sector, and geography.
  • Measure sustainability performance: Use CDP’s questionnaires as sets of environmental metrics.
  • Assess impact: Fill in the questionnaires to track change in performance over time. Each question is scored – some with reference to social or ecological thresholds – to help the organisation determine whether it is performing sustainably on that topic.
  • Disclose: Report to all stakeholders on climate change, forests and water security. The questionnaires provide a framework for companies to report environmental information to their stakeholders covering governance and policy, risks and opportunity management, environmental targets and strategy, and scenario analysis. Receive an A-D grading based on questionnaire responses.
  • Benchmark: Tool allows companies to benchmark their environmental performance against their industry peers and receive feedback on their progress each year. The information disclosed is also used by financial markets for stewardship and engagement, in investment research, new financial products, and global indices and ratings.

For investors and financial institutions

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EU Taxonomy

Last updated: 2020

Regulation that sets out performance thresholds for organisations to classify their economic activities as “sustainable” according to European policy objectives.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Identify sustainability topics: Find the economic activities that correspond to the organisation and review what the taxonomy says about likely impacts on sustainability. This can be an input into identifying sustainability topics to measure. This regulation is based on research connecting economic activities to likely significant impacts on six environmental objectives. Currently, research related to objectives of climate change mitigation and adaptation are most developed.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Identify: Find the economic activities that correspond to the financial institution’s activities and review what the taxonomy says about likely impacts on sustainability. This can be an input into identifying sustainability topics to measure. This regulation is based on research connecting economic activities to likely significant impacts on six environmental objectives. Currently, research related to objectives of climate change mitigation and adaptation are most developed.
  • Assess: Assess whether underlying assets are sustainable. Underlying assets that fall under the taxonomy regulation will report on the portion of their revenue, capital expenditure and operational expenditure that are ‘taxonomy aligned’, and therefore considered a ‘sustainable investment’ according EU policy objectives.
  • Set targets: Set objectives for a portion of the portfolio to be ‘taxonomy-aligned’. Regulation provides investors with a set of performance thresholds that have to be met for an underlying asset to be viewed as operating sustainably in relation to one the EU’s six environmental objectives. Underlying assets that are ‘taxonomy aligned’ are generating sustainable outcomes and are therefore also ‘Benefiting stakeholders’.

SDG Impact Seal and Assurance Framework

Forthcoming: Assurance criteria for demonstrating adherence to the SDG Impact Standards for Enterprises, Private Equity Funds or Bonds, and associated certification.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Verify: Certify that an organisation’s systems and processes adhere to the SDG Impact Standards.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Assess: Review certifications from underlying assets to check their systems and processes adhere to the SDG Impact Standards.

CDP Financial Services Disclosure System

Last updated: 2021

Tools for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The CDP Financial Services Disclosure System allows for a baseline assessment of climate-related risks, opportunities and impacts in financing portfolios; and of how banks, asset owners, asset managers and insurance companies are preparing for the net-zero carbon transition.

TEG Interim Report on EU Climate Benchmarks and Benchmarks’ ESG Disclosures

Last updated: 2019

The EU Climate Transition Benchmarks (CTB) and Paris-Aligned Benchmarks (PAB) are examples of portfolio impact benchmarking techniques being employed in regulation. The regulation sets out requirements for index providers to construct investable indexes that are on a 7% decarbonisation trajectory.

Use this resource to:

  • Assess: Review EU’s proposed approach for establishing benchmarks, which incorporates greenhouse gas emissions at portfolio level. A climate benchmark serves as an investment performance benchmark for GHG emission-related strategies; an engagement tool and a policy benchmark to help guide strategic asset allocation.

Social Value Management Certificate

Last updated: 2021

Certification process that assesses to what extent the Principles of Social Value are embedded in an organisations systems and processes. The certificate has three levels that set out a progression for organisations looking to continuously improve how they optimise social value for their stakeholders.

Use this resource to:

  • Verify: Certify that an organisation’s systems and processes adhere to the Principles of Social Value.

B Corp certification

Last updated: 2019

Certification awarded when an organisation achieves a score of 80 on the B Impact Assessment.

Use this resource to:

  • Verify: Become B Corp Certified. Organisations undergo verification including interviews, submitting documentation, and as necessary site reviews, to increase confidence that the company’s score is accurate and the required 80-point score has been achieved.

WBA Benchmarks

Last updated: 2021

Benchmarks that rank companies and financial institutions based on their impact. The WBA recognises that transformations are needed to achieve sustainability across seven systems (financial, decarbonisation and energy, food and agriculture, digital, social, urban, and nature). In each of these seven systems, companies that have a big role to play in hindering or advancing progress towards a sustainable future are identified as ‘keystone’ companies. WBA then develops a publicly available methodology for each system (or component of a system), drawing on existing standards to identify relevant topics and associated metrics for companies to disclose against.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Benchmark: Large ‘keystone’ companies can compare their rank versus peers and understand how they are contributing to the seven system transformations WBA has identified. The publicly available WBA benchmarks draw on existing standards and methodologies to identify relevant topics and associated metrics for organisations to disclose against (e.g. the Climate and Energy Benchmark, which incorporates the sectoral decarbonisation approach developed by the SBTi).

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Benchmark: Assess underlying asset performance whilst reviewing the methodologies to understand the approach to scoring.

WBA Benchmark Methodologies

Last updated: 2021

Benchmarks that rank companies based on their impact. The WBA recognises that transformations are needed to achieve sustainability across seven systems. In each of these seven systems, companies that have a big role to play in hindering or advancing progress towards a sustainable future are identified as ‘keystone’ companies. WBA then develops a publicly available methodology for each system (or component of a system), drawing on existing standards to identify relevant topics and associated metrics for companies to disclose against.

For organisations

Use this resource to:

  • Identify sustainability topics: Find the methodology that corresponds best to the ‘system’ that the organisation operates within. WBA’s publicly available benchmark methodologies are developed through detailed research and public consultation, so an organisation can benefit from reviewing the list of topics in the relevant ‘system’ when identifying sustainability topics to measure.

For investors and financial institutions

Use this resource to:

  • Identify: Understand the impact of (primarily) multinational companies across seven system transformations needed on the path to a sustainable economy and society.