To B or Not to B: Are Benefit Corporations the Corporate Governance Architecture of the 21st Century?


Feb 4, 2014
05:00 PM until 07:30 PM


Reception 5 to 6 p.m.

Keynotes and Panel Discussion 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, but requires pre-registration 

Hosted at the University of New Hampshire by :

  • The Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project
  • The Sustainability Institute
  • The Paul College of Business & Economics

In the wake of governance scandals and unprecedented cases of corporate malfeasance over the last decade, many have suggested that capitalism needs a major overhaul if it is to fulfill its original promise of creating value for society broadly and not just for a limited group of shareholders. The suggested needed reforms to our current version of capitalism include more responsible and effective corporate governance, and approaches to business which create value for society in ethical and sustainable ways.

The Benefit Corporation movement (referred to as "B Corps") may offer a concrete, market-based solution to redefine capitalism for the 21st century. Esquire Magazine has suggested that the movement might be similar to the civil rights and voting rights movements -- eccentric, unpopular ideas that took hold and changed the world.

By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, the B Corps framework could give business leaders the tools and the mandate to make decisions that are ethical and sustainable; that drive profitable growth in ways which respect the constraints of earth’s limited resources, and the needs of individuals. Following these principles, business can both consider the best interests of society as well as their bottom line, while giving citizens, customers, workers, and investors the tools to identify and support these businesses.

In addition to the voluntary B Corps certification, benefit corporation legislation (a new legal corporate status administered state by state) is further helping return business to its proper role in society -- creating shared and durable prosperity. Benefit corporation legislation has already been passed in 20 states, and 18 others are working on it -- including the state of New Hampshire, sponsored by Senator Molly Kelly.

Join world-class thinkers as they examine capitalism past, present and future, explore the foundations underpinning B Corps certification and benefit corporation legislation, and share lessons learned from those at the forefront of the movement.

Main Event Keynote Speakers and Panelists

  • Bart Houlahan, Co-Founder of B Lab (The national 501 (c)3 non-profit behind the B Corps certification)
  • Dr. Jim Post, John F. Smith Professor of Management, Boston University School of Management
  • Peter Graham, Chairman of the Board, Seventh Generation (a Certified B Corp)
  • Anders Ferguson, Veris Wealth Partners
  • Rebecca Hamilton, Director of Product Development at W.S. Badger Company, Inc. (the first Certified B Corp in New Hampshire)
  • Senator Molly Kelly, NH-Dem



Free, but preregistration required


Huddleston Ballroom, UNH
Durham, NH

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