Investors like KKR, Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures have all invested in benefit corporations
, and major international companies including Unilever, Danone and Campbell Soup have acquired benefit corporations
and maintained the status when integrating those businesses into their other operations.
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However, two years later, the status of benefit corporations
, or B Corps, in New Hampshire doesn't quite meet expectations.
In 2016, Alaska's House of Representatives considered whether to pass a bill that would have allowed businesses to incorporate as benefit corporations
(commonly referred to as "B Corps") under state law.
and B corporations have been around for several years, but their existence and purpose are still relatively unknown among business people, investors, and CPAs.
Unlike B Corps, benefit corporations
are not certified; rather, they are voluntarily formed with the purpose of creating a public benefit, which is deemed achieved if the corporation's business operations create a material positive impact on society and the environment as assessed against a third-party standard--such as the B Impact Assessment, Good Guide Company Ratings, and ISO 26000.
This report would not be required to be audited, but some benefit corporations
may decide to have third-party audits conducted to enhance their credibility.
There are currently 2,902 Benefit Corporations
in the United States and 1,462 Certified B Corps in the world.
59) Benefit corporations
are also required to prepare an annual benefit report that assesses the company's performance in creating general public benefit against a third-party standard.
Delaware--arguably the most influential state in the nation when it comes to corporate law--joined the bandwagon last September when it passed legislation to create what it calls "public benefit corporations
The legislation that designates benefit corporations
lets founders set customized objectives for their companies, such as those related to environmental causes, social improvement, community development and employee advancement.