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), and the benefit limited liability company (BLLC).
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.