NEWS: What are B Corporations?

Dispatched by the SSC Team

According to, B Corporations are a “new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems”.Corporations are generally defined by their legal independence, specifically separated from the individuals who manage, control, and own them.  In addition to what traditional C and S corporations (distinguished by Internal Revenue codes) may do in order to prove their environmental and social responsibility, B corporations must meet performance standards, institutionalize stakeholder interests, and build a collectively established social and environmental position throughout the organization. 

In order to become a B corporation, companies must prove their adherence to criteria according to the “B Rating System”.  This includes careful distinguishing between marketing v. operational changes, amendments to corporate governance documents, and institutionalization of values.  To view the complete process, click here.

Interested in institutionalizing your newly formed objectives?  Check out our Green Team Toolkit for a comprehensive guide from start to finish. 

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