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Why Become a Benefit Corporation?

B Revolution founder Dirk Sampselle, JD, MBA, is an expert in the benefit corporation legal entity. Here he explains the rationale for becoming a Benefit Corporation: 1) The benefit corporation framework allows you to consider purpose and “doing good” or “pursuing public benefit” for its own intrinsic worth, rather than only being allowed to pursue such purposes as a means to profit. 2) Becoming a benefit corporation allows investors to hold the business accountable to pursuing public benefit — the purpose of the benefit corporation is “both a sword and a shield.” This makes the entity attractive to impact investors. 3) Becoming a benefit corporation allows businesses to differentiate themselves as pursuing the highest standards of ethical accountability, by reporting their impacts according to a third-party standard.

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