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The Benefit Corporation: An Economic Analysis with Recommendations to Courts, Boards, and Legislatures

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The Benefit Corporation: An Economic Analysis with Recommendations to Courts, Boards, and Legislatures
Published: 07/30/13

“The Benefit Corporation: An Economic Analysis” was authored by B Revolution Founder Dirk Sampselle and Affiliate Attorney Kyle Westaway and was published in Emory…

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Sustainability Strategy

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Sustainable Organization Design Principles

Sustainable Organization Design Principles

According to a 2010 Organizational Dynamics survey, over 75% of executives worldwide say they believe that sustainability is “important to the financial success of their companies,”…

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The Role of Business in Society

The Role of Business in Society

New Ground Rules of Globalization Communication is becoming more widespread and reaching even further. Telephony, the Internet and e-mail, and satellites that transmit TV broadcasts…

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Corporate Social Responsibility as Business Strategy

Corporate Social Responsibility as Business Strategy

Four hundred years earlier, social responsibility shifted from the church to the state, as government replaced religious institutions as society’s predominant force. At the dawning…

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Rate the Raters // Phase One Look Back and Current State

During more than two decades of working in the sustainable development field, SustainAbility has observed with keen interest the growing number of ratings, rankings, indices and awards that seek to measure,…

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Rate the Raters // Phase Two Taking Inventory of the Ratings Universe

We’ve seen headlines like these (at left) before. In what has become a seasonal occurrence, the release of a new or updated rating of corporate sustainability performance is followed in many quarters…

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How Well Do Social Ratings Actually Measure Corporate Social Responsibility?

Ratings of corporations’ environmental activities and capabilities influence billions of dollars of “socially responsible” investments as well as some consumers, activists, and potential employees.…

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Corporate social responsibility: the 3C-SR model

Business in society scholars have developed many theoretical frameworks intended to map and measure business organisations’ roles and impacts in civil society. However, over 50 years since Bowen (1953)…

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Challenges in Economic Evaluation of Environmental Impacts

Evaluation Issues Proper evaluation of environmental impacts requires that a number of conceptual issues be carefully considered. These include the correct understanding of environmental cost, choice…

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Scaling Social Impact: Strategies for Spreading Social Innovations

Strickland’s experience illustrates an all too common challenge in the social sector: How can social entrepreneurs effectively scale their impact to reach the many people and communities that could…

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The Meaning of “Social Entrepreneurship”

The idea of “social entrepreneurship” has struck a responsive chord. It is a phrase well suited to our times. It combines the passion of a social mission with an image of business-like discipline, innovation,…

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Social Enterprise: A Portrait of the Field

The Social Enterprise Alliance recently partnered with Community Wealth Ventures and Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship to assess the state of social enterprise in…

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Investigating corporate social responsibility in supply chains: a SME perspective

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) can be defined as ‘‘the voluntary integration, by companies, of social and environmental concerns in their commercial operations and in their relationships with…

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Institutional entrepreneurship capabilities for interorganizational sustainable supply chain strategies

Sustainability has been increasingly addressed in the supply chain management literature… arguing that organizations should expand their sustainability strategies into their entire supply chains…

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Shaping the Future: Solving Social Problems through Business Strategy

Pathways to Sustainable Value Creation in 2020 As companies look forward with an eye to 2020, there is a uniquely powerful opportunity to shape the evolving relationship between business and society. Doing…

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Assessing Impact: A Guide to Third Party Standards for Benefit Corporations

“…in many ways the third-party standard is the heart of benefit corporation legislation, and for many observers, the most contentious and misunderstood provision”—Clark and Babson “How Benefit…

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Benefit Corporation White Paper: The Need and Rationale for the Benefit Corporation

This article was authored by B Revolution Founder Dirk Sampselle with other B Lab staff and volunteers in 2011 (Dirk served as a volunteer in B Lab’s policy team 2010-2011). Executive Summary There…

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The Benefit Corporation: An Economic Analysis with Recommendations to Courts, Boards, and Legislatures

“The Benefit Corporation: An Economic Analysis” was authored by B Revolution Founder Dirk Sampselle and Affiliate Attorney Kyle Westaway and was published in Emory Law Journal, a leading journal…

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New Report: Can Social Enterprises Really Solve Poverty?

New Report: Can Social Enterprises Really Solve Poverty? This article addresses the problems of global poverty and the efforts social enterprises are making to fight it. Despite the growing number of such…

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Uncategorized

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Operationalizing the Entrepreneurial Pipeline Theory

Operationalizing the Entrepreneurial Pipeline Theory

An Empirical Assessment of the Optimal Size Distribution of Local Firms This article analyzes the relationship between local economic growth and the distribution of businesses…

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Understanding Nonprofit Organization Finances

Understanding Nonprofit Organization Finances

Almost 1.7 million nonprofits are registered in the United States today, not including churches and small nonprofit organizations that are not required to register with the Internal…

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Philanthropy and Enterprise

Philanthropy and Enterprise

Harnessing the Power of Business and Entrepreneurship for Social Change Social entrepreneurs and supportive philanthropists are challenging conventional assumptions by deliberately…

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For Love or Lucre: Stanford Social Innovation Review

A veteran social entrepreneur provides a guide to those who are thinking through the thorny question of whether to create a nonprofit, a for-profit, or something in between. Social entrepreneurs who want…

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Alternative Structures for “Social Businesses”

Increasing numbers of entrepreneurs are interested in starting “triple-bottom line” businesses. In other words, while they want to make a reasonable return on their investment, they are also interested…

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B Corporation Certification

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Ben & Jerry’s Merger with Unilever

Ben & Jerry’s Merger with Unilever

Unilever Company History: A Narrative of Innovation and Service Unilever has its roots in social responsibility. Late in the 19th Century, with the British industrial revolution…

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Introducing the B Corporation™

Introducing the B Corporation™

B Corporations address two critical problems which hinder the creation of social and environmental impact through business: The existence of shareholder primacy which makes it…

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An Act of Leadership: Become a B Corporation

An Act of Leadership: Become a B Corporation

Current events present a unique opportunity for us collectively to redefine success in business. Our message of using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems…

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Become a B Corporation: The Business Case

Current events present a unique opportunity for us collectively to redefine success in business. One reason more than 300 leading businesses have joined the community of Certified B Corporations is that…

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Publicly Oriented Companies

B Corporations and the Delaware Stakeholder Provision Dilemma  During his 2007 commencement address at Harvard University, Bill Gates called on the graduates to invent ―a more creative capitalism‖…

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The Need and Rationale for the Benefit Corporation

There is significant interest in state legislatures and bar associations across the United States regarding legislation to introduce a new type of corporate legal entity – the benefit corporation. Legislation…

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Benefit Corporation – Legal Provisions and FAQs

Four states, Maryland, Vermont, New Jersey, and Virginia have recently passed legislation creating a new kind of corporation, a Benefit Corporation, giving entrepreneurs and investors an additional choice…

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Benefit Corporation // Business FAQs

What is a Benefit Corporation?  Benefit Corporation is a new class of corporation that 1) has a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment; 2) redefines fiduciary…

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The B Corporation: A Business Model for the New Economy

The B Corporation: A Business Model for the New Economy This article provides a brief, but inclusive analysis of the B Corporation certification process, legal structure, accountability rating system,…

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The ABC’s of B Corporations: Getting A Balanced Profit/Impact Strategy

The ABC’s of B Corporations: Getting A Balanced Profit/Impact Strategy This article describes how social impact can transform every aspect of your operations – and how B Corporation metrics can help…

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Capitalization

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Insight into the Impact Investment Market

Insight into the Impact Investment Market

An in-depth analysis of investor perspectives and over 2,200 transactions Impact investment survey, one year on Impact investments are investments intended to create positive…

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RSF Social Investment Fund, Inc. Prospectus

RSF Social Investment Fund, Inc. Prospectus

The Fund RSF Social Investment Fund, Inc. (the “Fund”) is a tax-exempt non-profit social finance organization whose principal business is making loans to support mission-aligned…

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Social Investment Manual // A Guide for Social Entrepreneurs

Social Investment Manual // A Guide for Social Entrepreneurs

The basis for this manual was laid at a social entrepreneurs gathering during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of New Champions in Tianjin (China) in September 2010.…

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Impact Investing: Harnessing Capital Markets to Solve Problems at Scale

There is not enough charitable and government capital to meet the social and environmental challenges we face. Where, then, will we find the money to complement charity and government to bring solutions…

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2012 Economic Forecast

Insights from Small and Mid-Sized Business Owners 2012 Economic Forecast: Insights from Small and Mid-Sized Business Owners January 18th, 2012 John K. Paglia, Ph.D., CFA, CPA Associate Professor of Finance …

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Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results

Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results This report from Sonen Capital demonstrates to investors that impact investments can compete with, and at times outperform, traditional…

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Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry

Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry This is the first Impact Reporting and Investment Standards performance data report. The report presents early findings from 2,394…

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The Power of Capital to Drive Social Change

The Power of Capital to Drive Social Change Margaret Anadu and her colleagues in our Urban Investment Group talk about the different ways social impact investing helps individuals and communities by providing…

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From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors

From the Margins to the Mainstream Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors Investors have great influence over the social, environmental and economic…

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask)

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask) This post is the first part of a three-part primer on convertible note seed financings. It will address…

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B Corporation Legal Entities

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Effective Social Enterprise

Effective Social Enterprise

Effective Social Enterprise: A Menu of Legal Structures The new client, comfortably seated at the conference room table, asks: ‘‘What is the definitive legal form for a new…

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Choice of Entity for Social Entrepreneurs

This article is designed to serve as a legal handbook for social entrepreneurs who are trying to determine the optimal legal entity for their business model.  It analyzes Tax-Exempt…

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Becoming a B: An Examination of the Delaware Benefit Corporation Legislation

Becoming a B: An Examination of the Delaware Benefit Corporation Legislation This article is a discussion of the law of fiduciary duties for Delaware corporations, so that readers…

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benefit corporation

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The Benefit Corporation: an Economic Analysis with Recommendations to Courts, Boards, and Legislatures

THE BENEFIT CORPORATION: AN ECONOMIC ANALYSIS WITH RECOMMENDATIONS TO COURTS, BOARDS, AND LEGISLATURES This article provides an analysis of the benefit corporation including its…

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What Do Investors Think About Benefit Corporations

What Do Investors Think About Benefit Corporations This article addresses the changes that Benefit Corporations are bringing to the business world and how investors a view them. …

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Legislation: Creating a New Kind of Corporation for New Economy

Legislation: Creating a New Kind of Corporation for a New Economy This article describes the Benefit Corporation Legislation and how it differs from B Corporations. …

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The Benefit Corporation: Changing the Fabric of Society

The Benefit Corporation: Changing the Fabric of Society This article gives the reader a deeper look at benefit corporations and the market for transparency they hope to create. …

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b corporation

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The Four P’s of B Corporations: Building a High-Impact Venture Using B Corporation Metrics

The Four P’s of B Corporations: Building a High-Impact Venture Using B Corporation Metrics The B Corporation assessment analyzes a venture’s impacts across Governance,…

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B Corp Best: 61 Companies Making a Difference in Communities

B Corp Best: 61 Companies Making a Difference in Communities This article introduces The B Corp Best for the Communitites List. These 61 companies, in over 35 industries and 13…

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Becoming a B: What Is The Difference Between a B Corporation and a Benefit Corporation?

Becoming a B: What Is The Difference Between a B Corporation and a Benefit Corporation? This article explains the certification and legal status of B- and benefit corporations…

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Operations and Growth

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Cash Flow and Your Cash Position

Cash Flow and Your Cash Position

Your organization’s primary financial objective is to ensure that financial resources are available when needed (timing), as needed (amount), and at reasonable cost (cost-effectiveness),…

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What characterizes a fast-growing Firm?

What characterizes a fast-growing Firm?

When talking about new firms, their potential to create additional employment or their e. orts to create new and better products and services are often mentioned. New firms…

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Finding the Value in Environmental, Social and Governance Performance

Finding the Value in Environmental, Social and Governance Performance Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can be material, presenting risks across a company’s entire…

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David L. Birch’s Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research

David L. Birch’s Contributions to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research

Research Contributions David Birch is best known for his seminal work The Job Generation Process, and in the first section this report will be presented in more detail. The report…

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