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Benefit Corporations

On Promise, a P.S. to Max

Christine C. Franklin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
Christine C. Franklin

"Promise" can mean simply saying you will do something, like your parents' to give away their Facebook shares. It also can mean a "cause or ground for hope", which is what your parents' promise gives other children and us as a society.

The Impact Investing Illusion

Kevin Lynch | Posted 11.30.2015 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

Do you sincerely believe that at the end of the day, Goldman Sachs cares more about social impact than about financial returns?

Converging Crises and Opportunities

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 11.02.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

On a ruined planet there can be no development or justice, peace or security, functioning economies, markets or states. Can we mature into responsible global citizens fast enough and stop living at the expense of our children and all future generations of life?

Opportunity Gaps Matter -- and Book Access is a Place to Start

David M. Rader | Posted 09.04.2015 | Impact
David M. Rader

Simply having access to books improves children's reading performance throughout their education, leading to long-term benefits in education, and subsequently in income, employment, and socioeconomic status. Unfortunately, not all kids have that access.

What's Working: The Benefits Of Working For A Certified B Corp

Marissa Rosen | Posted 06.04.2016 | Business
Marissa Rosen

B Corps are focused on improving their impacts over time, while generating a profit. But, just as the benefits of becoming a "B" are tangible and powerful, the benefits of working for one are, too.

Introducing What's Working: Purpose + Profit

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Arianna Huffington

The shift in the way an increasing number of businesses see their role in the world has been one of the most exciting, promising and desperately needed developments of the past few years. That's why today I'm delighted to announce What's Working: Purpose + Profit, a new platform, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, that's putting a spotlight on the ways businesses are working toward solutions, widening the lens of their concern and moving beyond the obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term gain toward a very different vision. Purpose + Profit will feature stories, insights and tips from leaders in the world of business and thinkers who are driving change, with an emphasis on what's working in entrepreneurship, B-corporations and impact investing.

Why B Corps Have Great Employee Engagement

Ryan Honeyman | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
Ryan Honeyman

Becoming a Certified B-Corporation can help unleash the passion, initiative and imagination of employees by connecting them with the larger meaning behind their work.

Encountering Benefit Corporations

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
G. Benjamin Bingham

To lead an organization takes inner fire. If inspired by greed, the fire will burn out quickly. If inspired by a desire to do good, the fire will last because it will spread to other employees, investors and community stakeholders.

The 'Switched On' Enterprise: The Triumph of Insight Over Ideology

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Nick Seneca Jankel

As someone who has consulted to scores of the largest corporations on the planet, I believe that the ideology of capitalism is almost always damaging to the social, ecological and spiritual systems it relies on to exist.

Corporate Influence & Transforming From a World Created for the Non-Living

Mark Chasan | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Mark Chasan

There is hope that we can create a thriving, healthy and abundant world, but we have to do more than hope. We must take action to transform from the inside-out (personal change), ground-up (infrastructure, built environment and supply-chain) and top-down (government, corporations and regulatory environment).

11 Things I Learned Starting My Own Business Right Out of College

Kieran Foran | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Kieran Foran

Do what you love and do what you want to see in the world. Commit to it. You need to be passionate about it. If it's not something you wouldn't do for free and wouldn't commit anything to see accomplished, then how can you inspire others to trust you and buy from you?

A Benefit Corporation Steps Up to Purchase a Chicago Hospital

Christine C. Franklin | Posted 10.05.2014 | Chicago
Christine C. Franklin

Community First Healthcare of Illinois ("Community First"), an Illinois benefit corporation, recently announced plans to purchase Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center (formerly Northwest Hospital) in Chicago from Presence Health.

Chicago's Manufacturing Institute and Benefit Corporations: Aligning Stakeholder Interests

Christine C. Franklin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Chicago
Christine C. Franklin

Chicago's institute is about integrating the supply chain -- having the right data in the right place at the right time, to make the right part in the right place, and doing it all for less.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Shift in the Traditional Business Mindset

Heather Hummel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Business
Heather Hummel

A new corporate structure, the social enterprise, was born. This entity, which can be structured either as a for-profit or non-profit, considers the impact of its decisions on communities, the environment and employee welfare.

B-Corp Benefits

Dominika Jaworski | Posted 11.19.2012 | Impact
Dominika Jaworski

While the term "B-Corp" has become a buzzword in the business world, it needs to find become a part of the common American lexicon.

Matt Sledge

New Corporate Design Seeks To Save Capitalism | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.20.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- With corporate profit margins at an all-time high and more Americans out of work than at any other point in the past three decades, it may...

What Does the Future Hold for Benefit Corporations?

Brad Reid | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business
Brad Reid

The very recently developed "Benefit Corporation" combines the capital-raising potential of the for-profit corporation and an obligation to demonstrate social performance.

18 California Companies Seize The Moment To Become Benefit Corporations

GOOD | By Cord Jefferson | Posted 01.03.2012 | Good News

When the California Secretary of State's office opened its doors this morning, there stood a band of smiling millionaires, papers in hand, waiting to ...

Amen! Jerry Stands Up for California

Jay Coen Gilbert | Posted 12.12.2011 | Impact
Jay Coen Gilbert

(Can You Feel the Spirit Governor Cuomo?!?) Governor Jerry Brown heard the shouts from his congregation of business leaders and signed California ben...

Want to Create Jobs? Make People a Priority

Jay Coen Gilbert | Posted 12.03.2011 | Impact
Jay Coen Gilbert

Benefit corporation legislation has already passed in five states and is moving forward in three others. It is also under review by the powers that be in Delaware, which is the de facto, if not de jure home of the American corporation.

Can I Get a Witness?! The Evolution of Capitalism

Jay Coen Gilbert | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Jay Coen Gilbert

Benefit corporation legislation is important because it sets us free to use the power of business to pursue a higher purpose and because it provides us with the tools to reach our full potential as human beings.

'Benefit' Corporations: the Future of Business

Birju Pandya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Birju Pandya

Until recently, you had two options before you: work at a nonprofit or work at a for-profit. However, the state of Maryland recently passed legislation to offer another route: the 'Benefit' Corporation.