B Corp vs. Benefit Corporation: Similar Names, Different Duties

With all this “B Corp” buzz in the air, it’s time to get one thing straight: the Benefit Corporation and the “B Corp” are not created equal. The terms are often used interchangeably, and it’s not necessarily wrong to say “B Corporation” or “B Corp” to informally describe a Benefit Corporation either.  People understandably confuse the two, since both similarly aspire to cement a social or environmental purpose in a company’s mission and corporate governance structure.

But there is still a key difference between the pair: the benefit corporation is a legal entity recognized under a state’s corporate laws, while the “B Corporation” (or B Corp) is a certification conferred upon a company by a certifying organization.  A company can be a B Corp without being a Benefit Corporation – and vice versa – but it’s important to know that while these two sound similar enough at first glance, they actually function fairly differently from one another.

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Business Basics: Benefit Corporations

One of the main reasons we chose to start this blog was to help explain the facets and aspects of business that typically get overlooked. To help us do this, we decided that, every Tuesday, we are going to post a new “Business Basics” piece to discuss subjects that readers, despite being aware of, may not know much about. With that in mind, one of the first subjects we are going to look at is the Benefit Corporation.

What is a Benefit Corporation?
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