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How B Corps Might Slay the Dragon of Maximizing Shareholder Return

Dan Pontefract | Posted 09.04.2014 | Business
Dan Pontefract

Maximizing shareholder return is not sustainable, nor is it the way in which a corporation should be run. B Corps, however, just might provide a little levity if not innovation to curbing this financial only fallacy of shareholder return myopia once and for all.

In Praise of the Hybrid Company: When .Com Meets .Org

Julie Kantor | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Julie Kantor

So after 20 years, I decided I wanted to go from Julie.org to Julie.com. The only challenge, personally, is that I wanted to be incentivized with equity or financially in a company, but just couldn't find it in my heart to take a position where there was no mission or cause.

Analysis Firms Battling for Pole Position as Impact Investing Goes Big

Student Reporter | Posted 03.07.2014 | Business
Student Reporter

Which companies -- and which metrics -- will survive is up to investors to decide. Institutional investors all the way down to individuals -- or even you -- can vote with your wallets.

B-Corp Legislation Is Helping Pave The Way To The New Economy

Neil Grimmer | Posted 11.10.2013 | Small Business
Neil Grimmer

What consumers want more and more is responsible, values-oriented business--the expression "vote with your dollars" is moving from the rally cry of fringe movements toward a household phrase. Consumers are demanding a new type of brand that reflects and embraces who they are and what they find important.

Are Benefit Corporations the New Limited Liability Company?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

Benefit corporations still have a fiduciary responsibility to make money, but profit does not have to be the exclusive goal. In fact they are legally required to show how they created a public benefit in order to stay in compliance.

B Corps: What's the Use?

Michele Masterfano | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Michele Masterfano

We have moved so far into the notion of every man for himself that we have to add complexity to our business law to ensure that there are at least a few companies that have figured out how to be good citizens as well as profitable.

Where Is the Funding in Detroit's Farm-to-Fork Movement?

Student Reporter | Posted 09.22.2013 | Detroit
Student Reporter

Steady access to capital is still a long ways off for pioneering local food entrepreneurs in Detroit. However, cooperation amongst entrepreneurs and mounting advocacy for innovative business structures are bringing secure funding into the horizon.

For Better Food, We Need Better Business

Sea to Table | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Sea to Table

Business has to change if we want the food system to change, and it's time that all food businesses were held accountable.

Change Politics? Change Business

Patrick Furlong | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Patrick Furlong

While watching election results a couple weeks ago, I decided to take a peek at what my friends and loved ones were saying on Facebook. There was a st...

Joe Van Brussel

Ice Cream Giant Shows That Social Impact Is Good Business

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.25.2012 | Business

Are Ben and Jerry a couple of sell-outs? That was the accusation hurled against the famed ice-cream entrepreneurs -- and beloved Vermont hippies --...

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.

Choosing People, Planet & Profit: Becoming a B-Corp

Tim Jahnigen | Posted 04.24.2012 | Impact
Tim Jahnigen

When Lisa and I started the One World Futbol Project, we knew we had the opportunity to create a business that could bring joy to millions of children around the world -- with something as simple as an ultra-durable ball.

Clothing Made Out Of Trash: The Next Big Idea?

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

If you tell most entrepreneurs their products are trash, chances are they would be furious. In Jeremy Litchfield's case, it serves as a successful bus...

'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.

Cause-Related Marketing: Just Plain Ol' Marketing?

Rachael Chong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Do we truly care about where our money's going when we buy into a cause-related marketing campaign or is it just really good marketing?

Not For-Profit, Not Non-Profit, But Somewhere In Between

Halle Tecco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Halle Tecco

B Corp is allowing entrepreneurs like this to transcend the bifurcation of how we used to classify organizations, and find a comfortable structure somewhere in between.