State by State Guide

As of May 2017, 32 states (including Washington D.C.) have passed benefit corporation legislation. Most states’ final laws closely resemble the benefit corporation model legislation, though a few deviate in significant ways. For an example comparison between contrasting requirements in Delaware and California regarding accountability, transparency and incorporation, see this two-part article (here and here).

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If you would like to find a benefit corporation in your area, we recommend the tool available at BenefitCorp.net. While we cannot vouch for its to-the-minute accuracy, as reporting requirements vary greatly across states, it maintains a generally useful index that can be searched by name and region.
 

Below is a state-by-state index of links to benefit corporation legislation and, where available, state-specific “How To Become a Benefit Corporation” guides created by B Lab. 

 

Arizona

 

Arkansas

 

California

 

Colorado

 

Connecticut

 

Delaware

 

Florida 

 

Hawaii

 

Idaho

 

Indiana

 

Illinois

 

Louisiana

 

Maryland

 

Massachusetts

 

Minnesota

 

Montana

 

Nebraska 

 

Nevada

 

New Hampshire

 

New Jersey 

 

New York

 

Oregon 

 

Pennsylvania

 

Rhode Island

 

South Carolina

 

Tennessee

 

Utah

 

Vermont

 

Virginia

 

Washington D.C.

 

West Virginia