Business Certifications

Consumers are becoming more savvy about green businesses and products. If you want to make a claim about the environmental impact of your company and make a positive impact in your region, one option is to get certified though one of the agencies below.

Waste Wise Business Network

The New Jersey WasteWise Business Network is a free educational program designed to help businesses and other organizations learn how waste reduction, recycling, and recycled product procurement not only help the environment, but also their bottom line.

NJ DEP

Are you interested in greening your business? NJDEP’s Office of Sustainability has developed a series of Sustainable Business Guides to encourage New Jersey businesses to adopt sustainable practices and reduce their environmental impact. 

B Corp Certification

The network of B Lab and Sistema B organizations around the world leads economic systems change to support our collective vision of an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. Known as the B Global Network, this unified group of global, regional, and national organizations power the B Corp movement at the local level.

WasteWise Business Network

Bi-annual educational meetings sharing waste reduction and recycling tips for NJ organizations – NJDEP-Recycling Information

The New Jersey WasteWise Business Network is a free educational program designed to help businesses and other organizations learn how waste reduction, recycling, and recycled product procurement not only help the environment, but also their bottom line. There are no fees, meeting attendance requirements or reporting requirements associated with this program!

Simply send an e-mail to Steven.Rinaldi@dep.nj.gov indicating that your company or organization would like to become a member of the New Jersey WasteWise Business Network.

case studieshttps://www.nj.gov/dep/dshw/recycling/wastewise/njwwcasestudy.pdf

NJ Department of Environmental Protection

The new jersey sustainable business registry is sustainability made simple it is a no cost way to promote your sustainability and show your commitment to reducing your environmental footprint supporting your community and being a NJ business leader.

overview https://www.nj.gov/dep/aqes/sustain_bus.html 
registry is the NJ Small Business Development Centers (NJSBDC), in partnership with the NJDEP’s Office of Sustainability 

registry overviewhttp://registry.njsbdc.com/  

      1. Create a User Account Log on here
      2. Report Five Sustainable Practices
        A Written Description for Each Practice
      3. Report One Measurable Environmental Benefit
        A Quantified Benefit from One practice
      4. Report Cost Savings from One Practice
        An Amount of Money Saved or Cost Avoided from One practice

signup overview https://www.nj.gov/dep/aqes/njsbr.html 
guideshttp://registry.njsbdc.com/ 

COSTS
$500 a year for a company’s annual revenue under $500,000. $1,000 a year if revenue is $500,000 to $1.9 million.  Seven other tiers, which top out at $50,000 a year for companies with $1 billion or more in annual revenue.

Certification – 2 years

B Corporation

B Lab is the nonprofit network transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet.

overviewCertified B Corporation
requirementsCertification | Certified B Corporation

timelines to complete –  6 to 10 months
https://kb.bimpactassessment.net/en/support/solutions/articles/43000621588-evaluation-queue-wait-time

  • Evaluation Queue / Up to 9 months.
  • Evaluation / Up to 3 months.
  • Verification Queue / Up to 4 months.
  • Verification / Up to 3 months.
    After completing the BIA, B Lab will verify your score to determine if your company meets the 80-point bar for certification. Meet virtually with B Lab staff to review your completed B Impact Assessment and submit confidential documentation to validate your responses. To maintain certification, B Corps update their BIA and verify their updated score every three years.
  • Improvement [only if needed] / Up to 3 months.
  • Post-Verification / Up to 1 m

Complete B Impact Assessment (BIA)https://app.bimpactassessment.net

Sign and pay fees
To finalize certification, sign the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence, sign your B Corp Agreement, and pay your annual certification fees. Fees vary by region. Listed below are the fees for companies based in the United States and Canada.

A one-time non-refundable $150 USD Submission Fee is payable when you submit your B Impact Assessment to review for certification.

Certification Fees : Fees vary by region. Here are the fees for companies based in the United States and Canada. Companies in Latin America, East Africa, Europe, the UK, Australia or New Zealand, should see Global Partner websites for local pricing. If your company is registered outside any of these regions and is not in the United States or Canada, download your pricing schedule here.