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B Academics is an academic professional organization made up of a global community of educators and researchers who provide resources to academics interested in benefit corporations and social enterprises. IBPE is a co-founder and sponsor of the organization.
You can learn more information about B Academics at bacademics.org, where you can also find an extensive repository of resources related to benefit corporations that IBPE helped create. IBPE Executive Director Summer Brown serves as board president and chair of B Academics.
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).
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