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  • 1. Center for Non-Profit and Public Leadership Haas School of Business – UC Berkeley Andy Fyfe B Lab 650.759.9592 afyfe@bcorporation.net www.bcorporation.net
  • 2. Big TrendUse market forces to solve social problemsConscious consumers 60 million AmericansSocially responsible investors $2.7 trillion dollarsSocial entrepreneurs and sustainable business 100,000+ businesses B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 3. Big ProblemOur current capitalist system wasn’t designed for this • Current corporate law works against sustainability and social impact • No standards to distinguish ‘good companies’ from good marketing B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 4. Big OpportunityThe evolution of capitalism 20th Century 21st Century Shareholder Stakeholder corporation corporation Maximize Create shareholder value social and shareholder value exclusively simultaneously B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 5. Big DifferenceStakeholder corporations redefine success in business High quality jobs Improve our quality of life • Good pay • Less waste • Better benefits • More renewables • Greater ownership • More philanthropy • Better work environment • More volunteerism • Better career development • More suppliers local, W/M-owned B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 6. Big NeedStandards to drive support Last 10 years Next 10 years Good products Good companies + 500 others B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 7. The Entrepreneur is The Engine of ChangeB Lab is a nonprofit organization that supports the world’s leadingentrepreneurs using business to solve social problems Initiative 1: Shine a light on the Entrepreneur Initiative 2: Initiative 3: Remove legal Drive capital to the impediments for Entrepreneur the Entrepreneur B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 8. What is a B Corporation? • Meet independent, comprehensive and transparent standards of social and environmental performance • Meet higher standards of transparency • Meet higher legal standards of accountability B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 9. Bay Area B Corps B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 10. The Entrepreneur is The Engine of ChangeB Lab is a nonprofit organization that supports the world’s leadingsocial entrepreneurs using business to solve social problems Initiative 1: Shine a light on the Entrepreneur Initiative 2: Initiative 3: Remove legal Drive capital to the impediments for Entrepreneur the Entrepreneur B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 11. Initiative 2: Advancing Supportive Public PoliciesThe community becomes a powerful constituency • New corporate form > Benefit Corporations • 11 states passed • 5 states moving forward • Strong business support B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 12. Benefit Corporation Legislation “The most original , constructiveKey Provisions: thought in corporate governance in 25 years.”Purpose Former President, American Bar Association • to create material positive impact on society and the environmentAccountability • directors and officers shall consider effect of decisions on stakeholdersTransparency • publish annual report in accordance with a third party standard B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy
  • 13. First Day to Register in California“Five years from now, ten years from now, we’ll look back and say this was the start ofthe revolution. The current system doesn’t work – this is the future.” Yvon Chouinard Patagonia B Corporations * Impact Investing * Public Policy