The “B Corp” label, created in the United States and now a fixture in nearly 40 countries, spans a community of over 1,400 companies sharing the same goal: demonstrating that private (for-profit) firms can indeed be mobilized to benefit the (for-purpose) public interest, and harnessing the power of business and entrepreneurship to serve the common good (the “B” of “B Corp” denotes “Benefit”). Beyond the certification, B Corp is a corporate movement seeking, in recognition of interdependence with an environment, to rethink the notion of business success and redirect company performance to ensure that everyone stands to gain. As revealed by the presence of international firms in the B Corp community, some of which are listed like Natura, Method, Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s, the B Corp commitment in no way constrains growth, but instead reshapes it in a way that makes more sense. The focus is no longer narrowly fixed, like with CSR approaches, on limiting negative corporate impacts but now favors creating positive impacts on society and the environment as a core part of the company’s economic model. In some U.S. States, this movement has also given rise to a legal status for companies whose bylaws state a commitment to serving the interests of a broader array of stakeholders than just shareholders, with reliance on Benefit Corporation’s regulations, which provides another topic to be discussed during this session.
Moderator : Elisabeth LAVILLE, Utopies, France
Antoine LEMARCHAND (France), CEO, Nature & Découvertes
Laure WAGNER (France), Spokesperson & Culture Captain, BlaBlaCar
Leen ZEVENBERGEN (Europe), « Serial entrepreneur », CEO, Solarus Sunpower, Co-founder & President, B Lab Europe
Bill CLARK (USA), Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
Tomas PANDO (Argentina), Co-Founder and CEO, Paez
> B Corps : une communauté d’entreprises au service du bien by Antoine Kubiak
The B Corp movement by World Forum Lille TV
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