Benefit corporations

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PBN Executive Poll

Benefit corporations

Posted 2/6/12

Have you heard of a “benefit corporation” before?

• Yes – 18.2%

• No – 81.8%

Do you think the benefit-corporation structure, which allows non-financial factors to be placed ahead of profit, is something that should be offered in Rhode Island?

• Yes – 20%

• No – 10%

• Not sure – 70%

How likely are you to purchase goods/services from a benefit corporation with a social or environmental mission you support, versus a standard for-profit corporation?

• More likely – 30%

• Equally likely – 60%

• Less likely – 10%

Would you ever consider being a shareholder of a benefit corporation?

• Yes – 30%

• No – 70%

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