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B Academics is an academic professional organization made up of a global community of educators and researchers that provide resources to academics interested in benefit corporations and social enterprises. IBPE is a co-founder and sponsor of the organization.
You can find more information about B Academics at bacademics.org, where you an also find an extensive repository of resources related to benefit corporations that IBPE helped create. IBPE Executive Director Summer Brown currently serves as a board member and secretary.
B Academics also hosts annual roundtables, webinars and workshops.
A benefit corporation is a legal form of U.S. corporation established by state statutes that allows a business to prioritize a social objective over a financial bottom line. A benefit corporation may pursue stakeholder benefits and larger social interests over shareholder value maximization. In other words, benefit corporations are otherwise similar to standard for-profit businesses; e.g., they may make profits, may be shareholder-owned and may pay stock dividends.
A benefit corporation also establishes a public benefit purpose which cannot be changed or eliminated without a minimum of majority shareholder approval (and sometimes even two-thirds approval in some states).
Browse a library of scholarly works on benefit corporations organized by topic.
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