On April 24, 2012, San Francisco State University Lam Family College of Business and its Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business, hosted a one-day West Coast Benefit Corporation Forum at the SF State Downtown Campus. California had recently become the seventh state to establish the legal entity known as Benefit Corporations, allowing companies to legally declare their fiduciary duty to the public benefit at large, as well as shareholders. The conference was designed to bring together CEOs and other executives from Bay Area Benefit Corporations and Certified B Corps, and faculty from business schools located throughout the western U.S. The forum was attended by over 40 business faculty from the U.S. and over 50 CEOs and executives from Bay Area Certified B Corps and Benefit Corporations, along with various non-profit executives and local political officials. The knowledge generated and connections made at the conference led directly to several new initiatives by faculty in collaboration with various certified B Corps and Benefit Corporations. Sponsors included B Lab , Equator Coffee, Give Something Back, Method, Numi Tea , Revolution Foods, Sambazon, World Centric and SF State’s Center for Ethical and Sustainable Business. Download and view the program (pdf)
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