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SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS Organizational Characteristics of US Benefit Corporations

January 2020 | Publication

This report draws on an empirical study of benefit corporations to understand how business owners are using social enterprise law. The report provides the most comprehensive count of benefit corporations available and original, data-driven analysis of benefit corporations’ national dynamics and organizational characteristics. The findings suggest that benefit corporation legislation serves a subset of firms, yet it falls short of its transformative promise to upend the prevailing model of shareholder supremacy.


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Ellen Berrey

Associate Professor of Sociology
The University of Toronto



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