About the B Corp Summit

Join us on June 19th-21st in the heart of Amsterdam for the 2018 B Corp Summit

The B Corp Summit is a unique experience for Certified B Corps and fellow travelers from around the world to connect, share, learn, be inspired, build a global network, and leave with more knowledge and strength to be a more resilient force for change.

How are B Corps building a B economy?

Our theme this year is ‘building a B economy’. To reach a more inclusive and sustainable future, the world needs an economy where business balances purpose and profit.

By committing to meet the highest standards of social and environmental impact and embedding those values and purpose into the DNA of the company, Certified B Corporations are leaders in building an economy that works for all. The B Corp movement, alongside other movements that embrace a more inclusive, regenerative, and circular economy, have the power to transform our economic system and help create a more shared and durable prosperity.

Being a B Corp is not only a values-driven choice; it makes business sense. With more long-term orientation, B Corps are building better value chains, taking on the continuous challenge to improve business practices, creating a better place to work, and benefiting from increased brand and consumer trust. Through active impact measurement, management, and transparency, B Corps are more attractive to investors.

As a result, B Corps are demonstrating through a B economy that impact is leading to scalability, profitability, and positive change.

Why Join the B Corp Summit ?

Joining the B Corp Summit is a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from fellow B Corps around the world. It is a chance to find new opportunities for business and ways to participate across a B economy.

The B Corp Summit is co-created together with the B Corp community and designed for hands on learning, solution oriented engagement, and translating inspiration into action.

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Summit program

Tuesday June 19th

Welcome reception

Join us as we kick off the 2018 B Corp Summit in the heart of Amsterdam. Connect with old friends and make new as we begin to explore building a B economy.

Wednesday June 20th

Building business in a B economy

This year we have both speakers and facilitators from the B Corp Community as well as other experts using business as a force for good. We will have talks, panels and breakout sessions where participants are led through various tracks all focused on building and strengthening businesses in a B economy.

B Corp Celebration Dinner

Hop on a boat and cross the iconic IJ to enjoy a delicious meal at the former shipyard cafeteria as we celebrate the contribution of this community’s efforts to build better businesses and the B Corp movement.

Thursday June 21st

B Experience

B Experiences are designed for Summit participants to directly connect with and be inspired by peers taking action needed to build a B economy. Participants will have the opportunity to continue their Summit experience in one of many visits around the city of Amsterdam. These experiences will include a variety of workshops, talks, or other actions hosted by B Corps or other organizations.

Thursday June 21st

B Inspired

Hear incredible stories from B Corp leaders and other global experts as they share how actions are building a B economy. B Inspired will be held in the beautiful Queen Maxima Hall in the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), also known as the SDG House.

This event is free for Summit participants. Additional guests and the public will be invited to join and will need to purchase a ticket.   

B Fest

B Fest in the heart of Amsterdam, is a free outdoor public event celebrating and showcasing how business and a B economy are creating a positive impact on the world. Join the festival and enjoy food, music, drinks, B talks, product demonstrations and experience the B Corp marketplace. B Fest will become an opportunity for the public to experience the participate in a B economy.

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Registration details

Registration is open to employees of Certified B Corps and other innovators and change makers. The ticket includes full participation in the Summit from the Tuesday opening reception through B Inspired and B Fest on Thursday evening.

Lunch and dinner are included on Wednesday and lunch on Thursday. The Summit ticket does not cover accommodations or travel. Please limit registration to three employees per B Corp so we can maximize the number of companies represented. Early Bird tickets are only available to Certified B Corporations. A separate ticket rate is available to non-Certified B Corporations. Please note that all prices listed are in EUR. Tickets are non-refundable 30 days before the start of the event.

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Travel & Accomodation

The 2018 B Corp Summit will take place in the heart of Amsterdam. If you are traveling by air, the closest airport to Amsterdam is Schiphol airport. Public transport to the city is easily accessible from the airport. Please note that if you take a taxi in, please check with the driver prior to driving regarding estimated pricing into the city. The hotels displayed below are recommendations, no arrangements have been made for the Summit.

QO Amsterdam Travel should be a pleasure while being committed to the world around us. Through this belief, QO Amsterdam is able to interweave luxury with sustainability, creating a new visionary lifestyle. QO integrates sustainable elements in both its exterior and interior, as well as making sure their restaurant operates in a circular manner. Close to the Amstel river, QO Amsterdam is 15 minutes cycling, or 20 minutes by public transportation, away from the venue. QO's heart and soul are its restaurant Persijn and bar Juniper & Kin which use produce grown on the rooftop greenhouse. Breakfast is available in Persijn from 06:30 onwards.

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Hostel Generator The former zoological university building has been transformed into a designer hostel, which won the Hospitality Design Best Economy Hotel Award. The property provides several room types, from private, twin, quadruple rooms to luxury apartments for six people with views of the Oosterpark and self-catered kitchen. Their on-site café Nescio has à la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Bike rental facilities are in place. By bike it will take you only 1 minute to get to the KIT, or enjoy a 3-minute walk.

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Hotel Arena This hotel, adjacent to Oosterpark, is only 6 minutes walking and 3 minutes cycling removed from the KIT. This monumental city-hotel boasts ten different types of rooms, so something for everyone. At the on-site café-restaurant PARK, you can have breakfast both in buffet or à la carte style (from 07:00 till 10:00). This hotel is a sustainable option, as they possess the Green Key certificate. Furthermore, they have bicycles for rent at the reception.

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Zoku Zoku provides a new concept of providing short and long term stay apartments. Every room boasts a small kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and everything a person needs to live, work, relax and meet others. Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, only 5 minutes biking and 10 minutes by public transport away from the KIT, makes this a unique and convenient place to stay. A breakfast buffet will be provided at the ‘Living Kitchen’. Home-grown vegetables and herbs from the rooftop garden, with organic ingredients purchased from local suppliers allow for high-quality dishes. Sustainability is guaranteed at Zoku by their Green Key Gold certificate. On-site bike rental is provided.

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Hyatt Regency Amsterdam Located in the centre of Amsterdam and bordering the city’s trendy and exciting east neighbourhood, Hyatt Regency Amsterdam connects business with pleasure, and city with nature. The spacious guest rooms allow you to make you feel at ease within the vibrant city. It will only take you 3 minutes by bike and 8 minutes by public transport to get to the KIT. Guest bicycles, and breakfast options are provided.

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Conscious Hotel Conscious Hotels is an Amsterdam based hotel chain, which build their concept around green, sustainable and eco-friendly lodging. They provide hotels at key locations within the city, and will open their fourth hotel, close to Wester Park, in April.

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De Vergulden Eenhoorn Spend your time in the bed & breakfast hotel “De Vergulden Eenhoorn”, a renovated monumental farm date back to 1702, close to the center of Amsterdam. This unique spot is only 7 minutes biking away from the KIT, and using the convenience of public transport will take you about 17 minutes. Breakfast will take place from 10 pm, however, if preferred earlier, a breakfast option is provided 200 meters from the hotel. There is no on-site bike rental.

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Tropenhotel The Tropenhotel is situated next to the KIT-building (2 minute walk) and Oosterpark. Booking directly through their website gives you the advantages of late check-out, discounted breakfast, and lowest room rate. The view from the tenth floor overlooking the city is really impressive. The Tropenhotel focuses on sustainability, having integrated water saving shower heads, organic products, and maximum recycling. There is no on-site bike rental.

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Volkshotel Volkshotels message is ‘Everyone is welcome’. The building was the former headquarter of one of the biggest Dutch newspaper, de Volkskrant. You will be only 7 minutes biking, and 14 minutes with public transport, away from the KIT. Several lunch and dinner options are provided, however they do not serve breakfast. There is a sauna and hot tub on the rooftop, as well as massages and yoga classes. Bike rental options are not provided.

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Ibis Styles Amsterdam City Modern, standardized rooms, close to the city center. Within 8 minutes by bike, and 14 minutes by public transport, you will be at the KIT. Breakfast options are provided. There are no bike-rental possibilities.

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Q-factory hotel The concept of Q-factory hotel is based around music. Each room is unique qua styling and decoration, using natural and industrial products. At the Q-café you are able to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner (open from 07:00-01:00). From the hotel, it will take you 8 minutes to bike or 9 minutes with public transport to get to the KIT. Bike rental is provided at the property.

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