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The B Corps that Make Social Impact a Priority Without Consumer Pressure

B Labs uses hard data to assess impact, rewarding results, not marketing. That's why so many B-2-B firms made the list.

B Lab released a list of the “best companies for the world” yesterday, drawn from the top 10 percent of the 513 certified B Corporations the social enterprise-focused nonprofit assesses every year. The list takes into account how a company does business as much as what their business is, studying firms' environmental impact, how they treat and compensate employees, and how they interact with and support their communities.

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A Smart New Way to Rate Socially Responsible Businesses

When we want to support responsible companies. A new rating system helps investors know which ones are the real deal.

Better World Books sells used books. Nothing special there. But how it does it deserve more praise. Better World is a social enterprise that has put over $9 million in literacy and library programs around the world, minimized its carbon footprint with clever offset incentives to customers, and has been able to treat its employees damn well. While all of this may garner extra business from conscious consumers, it's a different story when it comes to financing from investors.

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The Benefit Corporation: Can the Future of Business Be About More Than Making a Buck? The National March of the Benefit Corporation Continues, Now Protecting Ben and Jerry's Backyard from Future Sellouts

New laws take effect in Vermont and Virginia today that protect sustainable businesses from the pressure to turn a profit at all costs.

New laws take effect in Vermont and Virginia today, giving ethical business a boost. If Vermont's law had been around 11 years ago, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield might not have had to sell their ice cream company.

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