This is the third post in a series of blog posts which document Serversaurus’ journey to becoming a Certified B Corporation. Over the next month or two, we’ll go through our B Corp journey from inception to certification, offer some advice and recommendations on the certification process, and reflect on the best practice and benefits we’ve discovered along the way.
Creating the Required Documents
Even if your company is small and has very little business documentation, the documentation process is not as daunting as it first appears. B Corp generously provides several templates to help you get over the line – in fact, 5 of the 6 documents required had B Corp helper templates.
The templates were relatively simple to complete, and included the required addition of guidelines such formalising a series of wage increases for non-director employees over 3 years.
One question which didn’t come with a template enquired about our paternity leave policy, which is something we hadn’t yet needed to formalise. This was a good opportunity to incorporate this policy into a wider HR document and employee handbook. For this task, we used another template from the Business Victoria website which was extremely useful and expedited the process.
During the initial scouting phase which involved chatting with a host of existing B Corps and having the generous opportunity of seeing much of their submitted paperwork, it was clear that many organisations had written a lot of their submissions from scratch – so while it was hugely insightful to see these documents, they unfortunately didn’t help with ours!
Our biggest tip at this stage is to talk to B Lab before you start working on any documents, and if you are based in Victoria, Australia, use the host of templates and business documentation provided by Business Victoria (there are undoubtedly other such departments in our other states and territories).