Why Become a Benefit Corporation?

Becoming a benefit corporation has advantages for every stakeholder in your business, from consumers and talent to shareholders and directors.
 
Reduced director liability. Benefit corporation status provides legal protection to balance financial and non-financial interests when making decisions—even in a sale scenario or as a publicly traded company.
 
Expanded stockholder rights. Investing in a benefit corporation gives impact investors the assurance they need that they will be able to hold a company accountable to its mission in the future. This could aid companies in attracting impact investment capital.
 
A reputation for leadership. Your business will join other high profile, highly respected companies as a benefit corporations (e.g. Patagonia in California), and be at the forefront of a growing movement.
 
An advantage in attracting talent. Millennials, which represent 50% of the global workforce, want work with meaning. Benefit corporation status gives prospective employees confidence that a company is committed to their mission.
 
Increased access to private investment capital. Benefit corporation status can make your company more attractive to investors as a company with increased legal protection, accountability and transparency around its mission. Benefit corporations can also speed up investor due diligence since they produce an annual benefit report, which describes their qualitative activities aimed at producing general public benefit. 
 
Increased attractiveness to retail investors and mission protection as a publicly-traded company. Benefit corps create an attractive investment opportunity for the same conscious consumers that have fueled organics, fair trade, and “buy local” movements, while enjoying a form of inoculation from the short-termism that plagues public equity markets.   
 
Demonstration effect to investors and to mission-driven entrepreneurs from every industry showing them what the future Fortune 500 looks and acts like.
 
To see how other companies have benefited from becoming benefit corporations, see Testimonials and Case Studies.