Italian Benefit Corporation

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This paper consists on a comprehensive explanation of the Italian Benefit Corporation. Over the last years, there has been an extensive debate either at national or international levels on ways to affirm new types of business concepts that integrate social progress into the economic development process. Italy introduced the Benefit Corporation in its legal order in 2015, becoming the first European country that introduced this type of corporation. The main objective of this research is to scrutinize the Italian Benefit Corporation from a legal point of view, beginning from its constitution to its withdrawal. Finally, it has been also developed a comparative study of the Italian Innovative Start-up and the Benefit Corporation, explaining also the possibility of the Benefit Corporation to become an Innovative Start-up and what advantages this change may bring to the company.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. The Benefit Corporation

3. Specific features of the Italian Benefit Corporation

4. The Benefit Activities

5. The Annual Report

6. Report’s Validation

7. Areas of Assessment

8. Shareholders’ Right of Withdrawal

9. Directors’ Obligations

10. Directors’ Responsibilities

11. The Benefit Officer

12. Innovative Start-Up with Social Goal (“SIAVS”)

13. Possible Advantages for an SB to become a SIAVSControls on SB and sanctions for non-compliance

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