The B Hive for B Corps

User Guide

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The B Hive Toolkit | Table of Contents

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Looking to Connect?
Online community of B Corps

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Registration

Start Fresh, as a newly certified

B Corp

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Profile
Show your best self to this

amazing community

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Navigation

Find everything you need on

the B Hive

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Groups

Connect with like-minded people in interest groups

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B Corps
Find companies to connect

or learn from

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People
Message and follow the people who do it best

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Feeds & Posting
Join the movement by engaging in discussions and following the news

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Discounts
Share your products through discounts to the community

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Articles and Resources
Get help from the community or B Lab

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Online Community of B Corps

The B Hive is the online platform for certified B Corps, where all members of the community can network, do business, share best practices, and inform the community on the state of the world. Please follow this guide to learn how you can maximize this tool and strengthen the community. Thank you for being here and bringing energy to the movement.

  • Content If you're looking for B Corps to do business with, resources for leveraging your certification, or a discount on great products and services, you're in the right place.

  • Connect with B Corps Eager to get in touch with a specific company or individual? Use the universal search to find B Corps or peers. You can also filter users by region, title, or company using in B Corps or People tabs. Once you find the person you’d like to connect with, send them a private message right in the B Hive.

  • Find Answers to Questions The B Hive is a great place to get your questions answered by fellow B Corps and a suite of articles and resource provided by the team at B Lab. Search for your question in the universal search and explore discussions and articles by topic, and pose your unique question by selecting the Ask the Community button located on the home page.

  • Join B Hive Groups Contribute to a discussion around a specific topic by joining B Hive groups. Navigate to Groups to join conversations that seem the most interesting to you--connect with your local region or find a relevant affinity group.

  • Offer Discounts Make your products and services known to other members of the community by offering them a discount. You can also explore others’ products and services by using the coupons they’ve offered.

Looking to Connect?

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Start Fresh

Every employee of a Certified B Corp has access to the B Hive.

To sign up please go to our self-registration page and follow the steps below to set up your B Hive account. Share the link with all of your colleagues and encourage them to sign up to the B Hive too.

  • Registration Go to the new user registration page here

  • Info Fill out your information, using your company email address, click “register”and an email will be sent to you with instructions to complete your registration.

* Note: this login information is different to the Assessment tool (BIA).

Bookmark this site and save your password for easy access.

Registration

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Complete information, check “I’m not a robot”, and click “register”

Click “Not a B Hive Member?”

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Show your best self

Your B Hive profile is your presentation to the B Hive community; make sure you upload a good photo, indicate your role, write a thorough description of your expertise, maybe a fun fact, and include a website or blog if you have one. Any words you use will show up when users search the B Hive. People are more likely to connect with you if they can see how valuable you are; don’t be shy!

Profile

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Click on your icon and select “My Profile”

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Click “Edit”. Upload a great photo and write a paragraph about your expertise. Include your website!

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Find everything you need

The most powerful function of the B Hive is the universal search bar. Through the search bar you can search and access everything on the platform: B Corps, people, groups, discussions, articles, discounts, and topics related to your search. The top navigation will take you there too.

Navigation

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Type and Search

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Select the type of information you want

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Use Top Navigation to access main areas

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Use the tabs to see B News, Announcements, Discussions and your personalized feed.

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Connect with similar minds

There are over 15,000 users on the B Hive. Connect and contribute to a discussion around a specific topic by joining our groups. Make sure you join your B Local, industry, and country/city group to keep up to date with all our local news and events. You can request a new group (under Groups tab) if there is quorum for it.

Navigate to ‘ Groups’ to join conversations that seem the most interesting to you.

Groups

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Click “Groups” on Top Navigation Bar

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Select the group you would like to join

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Click “join group”

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Collaborate and learn from others

Eager to learn about a specific B Corp?

Use the “B Corp” button on the top navigation. You can filter companies by region, country, city, industry, or find the company name through the search bar. Then you can see their profile with industry, products and services. Once you know what company you want to learn about or contact, you can look for the people in the “People” tab (next page on this guide) and send them a direct message.

B Corps

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Click “B Corps” on Top Navigation Bar

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Select the B Corp you are looking for

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See their information

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People

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Contact and Follow the Best

Eager to get in touch with a specific B Corp or individual?

Use the “People” button on the top navigation. You can also filter users by region, title, or company using the search bar. Once you find the person you’d like to connect with, send them a private message right on the B Hive.

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Click “People” on Top Navigation Bar

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Select the Person you are looking for

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Click on “Message” to contact them directly on B Hive

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Join the movement

The B Hive has 4 feeds on the homepage where the community comes to life!

  • B News This feed reflects B Lab, Sistema B, B Lab UK, B Lab Europe, B Lab Australia, and other partner related news.

  • Announcements This feed shows announcements that B Corps make for B Corps regarding their impact efforts, their services, or sharing relevant information with the community. Tag your post as “B Announcements” to show up in this feed.

  • Discussions This feed shows questions and discussions regarding impact topics. When you click “ask the community” on the homepage, your post or question will show up in this feed. Please answer questions as much as you ask from others; this is how we build community!

  • My Feed This last feed shows information you choose to see. When you search for people or topics, you can choose to “follow” them. This is the information you see in this feed.

Feeds

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Click “Ask the community”

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Tag as “B Announcements”

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Build the movement

There are other ways to post on the B Hive, depending on your intention.

  • Profile If you would like to post something that doesn’t relate to a specific group, you can post it on your profile, and tag it according to where you want it to show up. You can use the “B Announcements” tag for it to show in the feed on the main page, and use topic tags so that it shows up under the relevant topic (ie. environment).

  • Groups You can also post within a group, following the same steps.

Posting

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Click on your icon and select “My Profile”

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Tag by clicking “Add Topic”

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Share your products and services

A great way to spread the word about your products, services, and maximize the visibility of your company, is to offer a special price for our community members. Part of building community is sharing what we do best and the knowledge that allowed us to reach this point of excellence. Ofcourse, you can also use the discounts yourself and extend them to your staff. Note: non B Corps can offer a discounts to the B Corp community; let us know if there are discounts we can try to pursue. To offer a discount on the B Hive:

Discounts

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Go to “Discounts” on Top Navigation

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Click “Offer a Discount Here”

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Fill out form and click “Confirm” to submit

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Articles & Resources

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Find and Share top content

We would like the B Hive to be a valuable source of information for B Corps, and by B Corps. As we continue to create and update resources, please share some of the in-house content that you think is relevant to the community, and suggest materials we should work on. If you have a particular field of interest you can search for the topic, click”follow” and it will show up in your personal feed.

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Go to “Articles & Resources” on Top Navigation

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Use the search bar to get article list

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“Request or Submit an Article” under “Articles & Resources”

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Settings

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Customize your experience

Everyone needs a different amount of pings and emails to get the right amount of information. We want you to love the B Hive. Please go to your settings, choose your prefered language, notification preferences, and change your password if needed.

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Go to “My Settings”

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Set your language and time zone

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Check or uncheck to customize your notifications

Support

Get help from the community and

B Lab

The B Hive is a place to engage and also to support you through your B Corp life. There are three main ways to get support involving impact, or navigating the certification systems and processes:

  • Look for Articles Use the search bar or “Articles and Resources” link on the Top navigation to find toolkits, articles, and even discussions regarding your questions. If you can’t find a relevant article, you can request it by clicking “request or submit an article” under “Articles & Resources”.

  • Ask the community If you can’t find resources or would like to engage with a group of people regarding a certain issue like improving your impact, recertifying or getting marketing materials.

  • Contact B Lab If you can’t find resources and your post doesn’t get traction in the community, we’re always here to help. Please click on the B Lab support button on the front page or email support@bcorporation.net and we will get back to you shortly.

Note: Your business development and standards contacts love you but they’re helping other companies join the movement.

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Click “Articles & Resources” on Top Navigation Bar

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Click “Ask the Community” on the Homepage

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Click on “B Lab Help Desk” on the Homepage

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