Assessing the Assessment: B Lab's Effort to Measure Companies' Benevolence

40 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2017

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Michael B. Dorff

Southwestern University School of Law

Date Written: February 3, 2017


For benefit corporations to persuade their various audiences that they are as beneficial for society as they claim, they need reliable assessments of their social performance. Even if assessments were not required by most states’ benefit corporation statutes, it is difficult to imagine the benefit corporation form could gain credibility without them. Creating measurement tools for these assessments poses the twin challenges of balancing simplicity against validity and weighing vision against inclusiveness. This article examines how B Lab’s popular assessment tool engages these challenges.

Keywords: benefit corporation, public benefit corporation, PBC, B Lab, assessment

JEL Classification: K2, K22, L2, L21, L22, L26, L3, L31

Suggested Citation

Dorff, Michael B., Assessing the Assessment: B Lab's Effort to Measure Companies' Benevolence (February 3, 2017). Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 1, 2017; Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2017-2. Available at SSRN:

Michael B. Dorff (Contact Author)

Southwestern University School of Law ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

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