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For One Food Company, the Key Ingredient for Success is Fairness

“On average, Certified B Corps out-perform other sustainable businesses on community impact in general, and Alter Eco is leading the pack.”

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Emerging Resources for Social Entrepreneurs: A Handy Guide

You've got a lot of questions—and different types of challenges for social entrepreneurs can be addressed best in different venues.

The continued growth in social ventures and the challenges social entrepreneurs encounter when seeking funding have resulted in an increased number of resources available to provide assistance. A recent Huffington post article sizes the current social enterprise sector at employing over 10 million people, with revenues of $500 billion—roughly 3.5 percent of total U.S. GDP.

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B the Change: Support Conscientious Businesses

There are lots of ways you can be part of the movement to redefine to success in business.

From Warby Parker, the eyewear company which enables everyone who buys a pair for themselves to give a pair to someone in need, to Etsy, the online marketplace where that empowers anyone to be an entrepreneur, a new community of companies are stepping up to clarify that their priorities are not just making profits but also making a better marketplace.

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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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Twelve California Companies Seize the Moment to Become Benefit Corporations

CEOs rushed to be first in line to become California Benefit Corporations.



When the California Secretary of State's office opened its doors this morning, there stood a band of smiling millionaires, papers in hand, waiting to sign on the dotted line. At 9:30 a.m., California officially began accepting filings for social enterprises to become legal Benefit Corporations, and many of them wanted to be first.

Patagonia founder and CEO Yvon Chouinard was the first of a gaggle of CEOs in line as the office doors opened, according to the company. His firm, a supply-chain transparency leader, had lobbied for the adoption of the law and wanted to make a public show of support by becoming the first to shift its corporate status.

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What Business Can Learn from the Revolutions

The Egyptian revolution showed how fragile a bad leader can be. Business leaders can learn a couple lessons from the turmoil about constituent needs.

The speed with which regime-toppling revolutions have spread throughout the Arab world has left many observers stunned. How did 18 days of protest in Egypt topple a government that ruled with an iron grip for more than thirty years?

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