B Corp or Benefit Corporation
Published on 2 April 2020
B Corp or Benefit Corporation
Pubblicato il 2 April 2020

Companies need to think about profit, but there are some who have decided to do something for society too. They are the benefit corporation or benefit company.

Why was the legal form of Benefit Corporation / Benefit Company created?

Any private company, without exception, works to increase its profits. But there are also very particular companies, which do not give up profits but give themselves one more mission: to do something good for society and the planet. These companies are called benefit corporations.

One of the first challenges that led to the birth of the B Corp movement is the difficulty faced by many entrepreneurs in raising capital, growing or selling their business without losing the founding, social and environmental values ​​that originate from the company.

Thanks to the leadership of the certified B Corp community, in 33 USA States and since 2016 also in Italy laws have been issued aimed at establishing a new type of company – the Benefit Corporation – which meets the needs of entrepreneurs and investors oriented towards a model a company that solves social and environmental problems, while aiming at the same time for solid financial results.

What is the difference between B-Corp and Benefit Corporation?

The term “B-Corp” refers to companies that have obtained certification from the person in charge (B Lab in the United States, Nativa in Italy). The expression “benefit company” (in English Benefit Corporation) refers to a specific legal status, introduced by the 2016 Stability Law, referring to commercial companies that aim to have a positive impact on the community and intend to operate in a sustainable and transparent way.

Where were the Benefit companies born?

Benefit companies were introduced in 2010 as a Benefit Corporation in the USA. The Benefit Corporation paradigm is now being spread in various countries and has been active as a new legal form of business in Italy, the first country in the world outside the USA, since January 2016.

Reputation, continuity of mission and values

Why become a B-corp?

The growing phenomenon of companies interested in the B-Corp certification translates into an investment in reputational capital. The B-Corp Warby Parker in 2015 was chosen in 2015 as the Most Innovative Company taking over from giants such as Apple, Samsung and Google. “Benefit corporations serve a dual purpose and will have better economic results than any other company,” said Nobel laureate in economics Robert Shiller.

Why become Benefit?

At present, the Benefit Companies do not enjoy economic or fiscal incentives. The transformation into a benefit company allows, thanks to the change of statute, to give continuity to the mission of common benefit, binding directors and any new properties to the pursuit of the statutory objectives.


B Corp is a company that has obtained the certification issued by B Lab; a Benefit Company (or “Benefit Corporation”) is a company which, assuming this legal form, provides by statute for certain elements in accordance with national legislation.

So a company can be:

  • B Corp certified and to be a Benefit Company (or “Benefit Corporation”)
  • B Corp certified, but not a Benefit Company (or “Benefit Corporation”)
  • be a Benefit Company (or “Benefit Corporation”) but do not have B Corp certification

A fast growing community

In June 2018, however, almost 2,600 companies in BCorp certification were present in more than 50 countries and 130 sectors; the Italian ones are about 80. We mention some of them: Banca Prossima (banking sector), DLM Partners (occupational psychology), Emmerre (asbestos roofing and remediation), Easy Help (corporate welfare), Fratelli Carli (oil production and food specialties), Fratelli Damiano (industrial transformation of organic almonds), Nativa (design company; since 2012 has introduced BCorp and Benefit companies in our country), NWG Energia (marketing of electricity exclusively from 100% renewable sources; it is the first company BCorp certified benefit in the energy sector in Italy), NWG SpA (leading company in the photovoltaic market) and Perlage DOCG (organic cellar).



Di cosa ci occupiamo?

  • Valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale e del paesaggio
  • Prevenzione e gestione dei rischi sul patrimonio culturale
  • Ricerca e studio di soluzioni, servizi e prodotti per la salvaguardia e il miglioramento delle condizioni ambientali e climatiche nel settore dei beni culturali
  • Sviluppo di reti e network fra aziende e professionisti per favorire ed incrementare la diffusione di buone pratiche nell’ambito del risk management e della sicurezza per opere d’arte e beni culturali
  • Progetti di comunicazione e presenza digitale

La nostra visione

Ogni progetto ha un impatto e lascia tracce sul pianeta. Proprio per questo siamo convinti assertori di una nostra filosofia di business che ci vede coinvolti solo e soltanto in attività e progetti che abbiano un impatto positivo su ambiente, territorio e società.

Lavoriamo per realizzare soluzioni ed idee innovative e al tempo stesso per mantenere un equilibrio fra le nostre attività e la loro sostenibilità.

Vogliamo dare un contributo per affrontare i grandi temi ambientali e sociali

I nostri progetti ed il nostro modello di business non prescinde dal prendere in considerazione i contesti e le persone in cui si sviluppano.

What we do?

  • Enhancement of cultural heritage and landscape
  • Prevention and management of risks on cultural heritage
  • Research and study of solutions, services and products to safeguard the cultural heritage from climate change and pollution
  • Development of networks between companies and professionals to encourage and increase the dissemination of good practices in the field of risk management and security for art and cultural heritage
  • Communication plans and targeted dissemination

Our vision

Each project has an impact and leaves traces on the planet. Precisely for this reason we are convinced supporters of our business philosophy which sees us involved only and only in activities and projects that have a positive impact on the environment, territory, and society.

We work to create innovative solutions and ideas and at the same time to maintain a balance between our activities and their sustainability.

We want to make a contribution to addressing major environmental and social issues

Our projects and our business model do not disregard taking into consideration the contexts and people in which they develop

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