05 Jan '12, 10am

Patagonia

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia has become the first company in California to elect to be a “benefit corporation.” The legal status affords a company’s directors legal cover to consider environmental and social benefits over financial returns. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard – a long-time advocate of corporate environmental stewardship – and 11 CEOs from other companies together filed documents Friday at offices of the California Secretary of State. The dozen companies form the largest group of businesses to register on the legislation’s first effective date among the seven states that have passed benefit corporation laws, Patagonia says. Benefit corporations are a new kind of corporation legally required to: 1) Have a corporate purpose to create a material positive impact on society and the environment. 2) Redefine fiduciary duty to require consideration of the intere...

Full article: http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/01/05/patagonia-p...

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