Case ID: R1111F
Solution ID: 27077

The For Benefit Enterprise

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A growing number of socially motivated entrepreneurs have been creating new kinds of organizations that combine a social mission with a business engine. Unlike typical for-profits, these for-benefit enterprises have social or environmental outcomes as their ultimate bottom line; and unlike typical nonprofits, they derive their income mostly from the sale of goods and services rather than from grants and donations. They defy classification as pure business or non-profit and are very much a blend of the two. Many more such enterprises would exist, except that most entrepreneurs haven't been able to choose for-benefit as a legally recognized organizational structure. Most countries' legal and economic systems allow only for-profit or nonprofit activity, so entrepreneurs often end up shoehorning their vision into one or the other structure and accepting burdensome trade-offs in the process. All this seems destined to change. For-benefit enterprises will become more commonplace as entrepreneurs learn to better navigate existing constraints, and as an ecosystem of specialized support-including public policy, financial markets, accounting standards, and professional services-develops around them. The even bigger news is what will happen then, writes the author. With formalization of the for-benefit structure, we will see the emergence of a fourth sector of the economy, interacting with but separate from government, nonprofits, and for-profit businesses. The rise of that sector is likely to reshape the future of capitalism.


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