Benefit Corporation Laws: Del. Vs. Calif.

Law360, New York (August 21, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT) -- Benefit corporation law has been enacted in 19 states including Delaware, California, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia. Ten other states have introduced the legislation.

For the first time, this new corporate form provides a legal basis for companies to have a positive social and environmental purpose in addition to creating shareholder value. Without it, the company's responsibility is to maximize value to shareholders.

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