PBS News Weekend

Season 8, Episode 10 of 99

By law, American corporations must maximize profits and shareholder value. But in the past decade new models of corporate responsibility, known as Benefit Corporations and B Corps, have gained a growing foothold in the nation's business community. Believing business can function as a force for good, the Philadelphia-based "B Lab" certifies qualifying companies as B Corps after subjecting them to a 200-point assessment of their workforce, community impact, transparency, and environmental impact. Among the certified 2,200 companies worldwide are ice cream makers Ben & Jerry's, eyeglass manufacturer Warby Parker, and outdoor clothing giant Patagonia. NewsHour Weekend's Christopher Booker reports.

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