Is Your State as Progressive as Illinois?

Illinois says, “Show me the money…and positive change!”

This August, Illinois was the first Midwestern state to enact benefit corporation legislature that allows companies to not just exist to fill the pocketbooks of shareholders, but to also benefit society and the environment.

What is a benefit corporation (or B corp)? Andrew Kassoy, part of the think tank behind B corps, says they are companies that are “creating value for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.” In the past, companies could be sued by shareholders if companies were not maximizing profits. B corps, however, are required to create profit and positively impact the world around it.

Watch Benefit Corporations Aim to Make Profit, Positive Impact on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Specifically, the benefit corporations in Illinois will be just like current companies, but with additional mandates:

1. Have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment.

2. Expand fiduciary duty to require consideration of the interests of employees, community and the environment when making decision.

3. Publicly report annually on its overall social and environmental performance using a comprehensive, credible, independent, and transparent third party standard.

Illinois is the tenth state and the first Midwestern state to support this new innovative approach to business, and hopefully its new legislation will encourage other states to take part of this progressive movement. In the apt words of Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, prime sponsor of the bill, “Smart businesses that recognize both social profits as well as shareholder profits will be the companies that thrive and drive long-term economic growth in the 21st Century.”

Is your state as progressive as Illinois? Find out by visiting the Benefit Corp Information Center.

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Nikhil D
Nikhil Duttaabout a year ago

This is the only potential positive in this states current status and reputation

Vicky P.
Vicky P.3 years ago

I doubt they are that "progressive"

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

This area is one of the ways I'm proud of CA's leadership!

Edith B.
Edith B.3 years ago

I looked, but I all ready knew Kentucky would not be on the list of states who have enacted this.

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

Just like Care2 is........................................

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Jennifer C.
Past Member 3 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W.3 years ago

Never really thought of IL as that progressive... maybe a change.

Michael Barth
Michael Barth3 years ago

Thanks for sharing. I am glad that Illinois passed this law since I live in Illinois.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago