From “To B or Not To B”

1. A “B Corporation” is Not a New Corporate Form
A “B Corporation” or “B Corp” is a certification mark – like a “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval or “LEED” certification.  B Labs has done a very good job of creating a framework for companies to evaluate their business and operations on ESG factors and to then receive a score or ranking. 


September 27, 2016Corporate Form, Deal Structures

From “To B or Not To B”

1. A “B Corporation” is Not a New Corporate Form A “B Corporation” or “B Corp” is a certification mark – like a “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval or “LEED” certification.  B Labs has done a very good job of creating a framework for companies to evaluate their business and operations on ESG factors and to then receive a score or ranking.  ...›

November 12, 2019Funding/Financing, Resources

Suz Mac Cormac Recognized as a Woman Leader in Tech Law

The Recorder has named Susan “Suz” Mac Cormac to its list of Women Leaders in Tech Law. The award celebrates lawyers who tackle the tech industry’s biggest courtroom clashes, help build its most innovative companies, and negotiate deals that move markets. As highlighted by The Recorder, Suz continues to represent investors in complex cross-border transactions. ...›

November 7, 2019Corporate Form, Reporting, Resources

Voices in Sustainability: Interview with Susan (Suz) Mac Cormac

ClientSmart interviewed Morrison & Foerster’s Suz Mac Cormac, chair of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing and Energy practices, about the Business Roundtable’s adoption of a new “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation.” The statement changes the definition of the purpose of a corporation to include not just shareholders but also stakeholders: customers, ...›

October 1, 2019Measuring, Reporting, Resources

Suz Mac Cormac Speaks at Climate Week NYC 2019

MoFo Impact’s Suz Mac Cormac spoke on a panel at Climate Week NYC 2019 covering “Facilitating Investments Towards a 1.5˚C Future: How Can Companies Harness Investment Opportunities and Leverage Portfolios for a Net-Zero Future?” The panel covered investment strategies needed to ensure a sustainable and equitable path to net-zero emissions is delivered at an accelerated ...›

October 1, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Climate Week 2019 Announcements; UN Global Compact and Accenture Releases CEO Study on Sustainability; Caltech $750 Million Donation to Environmental Research; Invesco Study on Socially Responsible Investing; LeapFrog Reveals Independent Audit Results; Alternative Proteins Seek to Disrupt Seafood Industry; AI and Weather Data Are Helping Brands Battle Food Waste; The Future of Sustainable Fashion

Significant commitments, partnerships, and new research projects worth trillions were announced during Climate Week 2019. The United Nations Global Compact and Accenture released findings from their CEO study on sustainability, which draws on insights from more than 1,000 CEOs. Caltech announced a $750 million donation aimed at scaling research on environmental sustainability and climate research. ...›

MoFo Impact Publishes Guides on Social Enterprise Corporate Form

The MoFo Impact team recently published two articles in the Daily Journal on legal forms for social enterprises. The first article, “Leveraging Corporate Structure for Impact,” summarizes the different forms that entrepreneurs and investors alike should consider to help save our planet and improve the lives of the people on it. In “10 Considerations for ...›

September 17, 2019Corporate Form, Deal Structures, Resources

MoFo Impact Published in ABA Corporate Social Responsibility Deskbook

Members of the MoFo Impact team contributed two chapters in The Lawyer’s Corporate Social Responsibility Deskbook: Practical Guidance for Corporate Counsel and Law Firms, published by the American Bar Association. This new guide is a comprehensive resource for in-house and outside counsel to help their companies, firms, and clients develop effective corporate social responsibility programs. ...›

September 16, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Grocery Store “Happy Hours”; IKEA’s Progress in Becoming a Circular Business; The World Bank on AI in Education; The Tipping Point of Clean Energy; San Francisco’s Waste Problem Turned into Climate Solution; Shell’s Investment in Natural Ecosystem Projects; Investor Group Campaign for the Amazon; Sustainable Wine in Sonoma County

As food waste becomes a major global problem, grocery stores now offer “happy hours” as a solution. IKEA’s sustainability chief describes the company’s progress in becoming a circular business by 2030. The World Bank explains how data and artificial intelligence will change the education landscape. Clean energy has reached a tipping point: it’s cheaper to ...›

September 6, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Homeowners Insurance Affected by Wildfire Risk; KKR Global Impact Fund New Investment; World Resources Institute Agenda to Solve Food Loss; Amazon Fires Speeding Up Climate Change; 3M’s Increasing Commitment to Recycling; Bill Gates on Why He is Backing Manufacturing Companies; Nonprofit Conservation International Launches $200M Investment Fund; Accion Venture Lab Raising for Inclusive Fintech Startup Fund; Antoni Ballabriga Explains the Need for Sustainable Finance

Insurance companies in California are choosing not to renew homeowners’ policies because of wildfire risk. The KKR Global Impact Fund received a $225 million investment from UBS. A new report by the World Resources Institute lays out a global action agenda to solve the world’s food loss and waste problem. A Harvard professor explains how ...›

August 26, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Fortune 2019 Change the World List; Apollo Global Management Debut Social Impact Fund; The Transportation Sector in Sustainable Development Goals; AI in Sustainable Investment; Japan’s Pledge to UNSDG; Portugal’s Sustainable Wine Industry; World’s Largest All-Electric Ferry Completed Maiden Voyage

Fortune released its 2019 Change the World list of 52 companies using their business to help the planet. Apollo Global Management jumps into impact investing with a $1 billion debut social impact fund. In his latest Forbes piece, Bob Eccles discusses the importance of the transportation sector to the sustainable development goals. Artificial intelligence technology ...›