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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 9: General public benefit; specific public benefit

Section 9. (a) In addition to its purposes under chapter 156D as a business corporation, a benefit corporation shall have the purpose of creating general public benefit.

(b) The articles of organization of a benefit corporation may identify 1 or more specific public benefits that it is the purpose of the benefit corporation to create in addition to its purpose as a business corporation and under subsection (a). The identification of a specific public benefit under this subsection shall not limit the obligation of a benefit corporation under subsection (a).

(c) The creation of a general public benefit and a specific public benefit under subsections (a) and (b) shall be in the best interest of the benefit corporation.

(d) A benefit corporation may amend its articles of organization to add, amend or delete the identification of a specific public benefit under chapter 156D; provided, however, that the elimination of an optional specific public benefit shall not significantly diminish or eliminate the general public benefit required in this subsection.

(e) A professional corporation that is a benefit corporation shall not be in violation of section 3 of chapter 156A by having the purpose to create a general public benefit or a specific public benefit.