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State-by-State Guide

As of October 2015, 31 states (including Washington D.C.) have passed benefit corporation legislation. Most states' final laws closely resemble the benefit corporation model legislation, though a few deviate in significant ways. For an example comparison between contrasting requirements in Delaware and California regarding accountability, transparency and incorporation, see this two-part article (here and here​).

Map of states with benefit corporation legislation
Graphic: Map of states with benefit corporation legislation.
If you would like to find a benefit corporation in your area, we recommend the tool available at BenefitCorp.net. While we cannot vouch for its to-the-minute accuracy, as reporting requirements vary greatly across states, it maintains a generally useful index that can be searched by name and region.​​​

Below is a state-by-state index of links to benefit corporation legislation and, where available, state-specific "How To Become a Benefit Corporation" guides created by B Lab.

Arizona

Arkansas
California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Hawaii

Idaho

Indiana

Illinois
Louisiana

Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Montana

Nebraska 

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey 

New York
Oregon 

Pennsylvania
Rhode Island

South Carolina

Tennessee
Utah
Vermont

Virginia
Washington D.C.

West Virginia

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