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Status Overview

Within each Social Enterprise Category
All
2 10 0 88 0 G
Benefit Corps
2 10 8 80 0 G
L3Cs
41 37 6 16 0 G
SPCs
92 0 0 8 0 G
BLLCs
88 2 2 8 0 G
SPBLPs
98 0 0 2 0 G

Annual Review

State of Social Enterprise and The Law
The Grunin Center publishes The State of Social Enterprise and the Law annually. These reports describe considerations and challenges in defining the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing, legislative developments in the United States with respect to forms of legal entities that are available to social entrepreneurs, the role of U.S. legal education in training a new generation of lawyers knowledgeable about the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing, and the last decade of legal scholarship in the field of social entrepreneurship and impact investing.
*This research project is generously funded by the Tepper Family. We would like to extend our gratitude to the Tepper Family, with particular thanks to Marvin Tepper ’58, Elise Tepper, Jacqueline Tepper ’90, Edward Tepper, and Shelley Tepper.
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Recent Activity

11/05/21
Pennsylvania act concerning the standard of conduct for benefit corporation directors, benefit directors, and officers referred to Commerce. View
06/30/21
Delaware act concerning the manner in which and requirements for an LLC to become a BLLC. Signed into law by Gov. John Carney. View
03/29/21
Wyoming introduced benefit corporation legislation on January 12, 2021. It failed in the House on March 29, 2021. View
02/10/21
Pennsylvania act concerning loan discounts on standard interest rate for benefit corporations referred to Commerce. View
02/02/21
Mississippi introduced benefit corporation legislation on January 18, 2021. It died in committee on February 2, 2021. View
01/21/21
Iowa introduced benefit corporation legislation on January 21, 2021. It was referred to Commerce and no action has since been taken. View
12/18/20
Ohio benefit corporation bill (S.B. 21) signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine. View
07/29/20
Georgia benefit corporation bill (H.B. 230) signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp. View
05/15/20
Missouri introduced benefit corporation legislation on January 8, 2020. It died in committee on May 15, 2020. View
05/06/20
Oklahoma introduced BLLC legislation on February 3, 2020. The bill passed the Senate, but was not voted on by the House. View
03/06/20
New Mexico Governor Grisham signs benefit corporation legislation into law. View

About

Welcome to the Social Enterprise Law Tracker. Beginning in 2008, state legislatures started authorizing a new class of entities collectively known as social enterprises. These corporate and company forms are designed for businesses that seek to create positive social and environmental impacts in addition to financial returns.  These forms include the benefit corporation (Benefit Corps), the social purpose corporation (SPC), the low-profit limited liability company (L3C), the benefit limited liability company (BLLC), and the statutory public benefit limited partnership (SPBLP).

The Status Tool on this page visualizes how social enterprise law has spread across the United States. Select any state or jurisdiction for information about the social enterprise forms that are available, or are currently under consideration by the state legislature. All data collected and used on this site adheres to Sunlight Foundation’s Open Data Policy Guidelines, and can be downloaded for corresponding categories by clicking the link below the Status Tool map.

The Social Enterprise Law Tracker was developed by Rob Esposito and Shawn Pelsinger, with support from the NYU Jacobson Leadership Program in Law & Business, the NYU Stern Business & Society Program, and the NYU Law and Social Entrepreneurship Association. The Social Enterprise Law Tracker is now hosted and maintained by the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law.

Launched in 2017, the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship is an emerging global leader in the field of law and social entrepreneurship. The mission of the Grunin Center is to enhance the community of lawyers and legal institutions engaged in social entrepreneurship and impact investing and to accelerate their effective participation in these fields. To fulfill this mission, the Grunin Center educates students and practicing lawyers about legal issues in social entrepreneurship and impact investing; disseminates knowledge, resources and research about legal issues and policy developments in these fields; and collaborates with other field-building organizations, universities and research centers.

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