To B-Corp or Not To Be: Is Benefit Corp Status Right For You?

September 11, 2020

We’ve been approached on a number of occasions by clients seeking to become benefit corporations (often referred to as B-Corps). This week we’ll outline what B-Corp status entails, and why you might want to consider it for your company.

What’s a Benefit Corporation?

Benefit corporations are incorporated for the dual benefit of the public and its shareholders. It essentially allows for directors to contemplate broader community or environmental purposes in their decision making – instead of acting solely on the part of shareholders.

You can read California’s Benefit Corporations legislation (AB-361) here.

Benefits of B-Corp Status

Beyond the increased decision-making flexibility, benefit corporation status can provide a significant competitive advantage.

Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the impact their purchasing habits has on the world. B-Corp status makes a statement to the conscious public that your company cares about a particular social issue, generating additional investment and customer and staff loyalty.

Changing Your Articles of Incorporation

If you decide that becoming a benefit corporation is a good business move for you, you’ll need to adjust your articles of incorporation. That’s where we come in.

If your company needs assistance meeting the legal requirements to become a benefit corporation, we’re here to help. Please feel free to reach out.

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