Two of the three attorneys instrumental in passing AB 361, Jonathan Storper (left) and John Montgomery, discuss last minute details at a cafe in Sacramento.
Business owners, lawmakers, lawyers, B Lab representatives, and other benefit corporation groupies march across 11th Street to congregate at the California Secretary of State's office.
California Assemblymember Jared Huffman (left) and Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard (middle), greeted by B Lab's co-founder Jay Coen Gilbert (right), were the main attractions.
Donald Simon, the buoyant champion of benefit corporation legislation was luminous as he was handing out signing papers (followed by a hug) to each company's representative.
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, whose company has been in business since 1956, said the Benefit Corp designation would allow his company's social and environmental values to endure beyond his tenure.
Carolyn McMaster, co-founder and principal of Thinkshift Communications, files her Benefit Corp article of amendment.
Donald Simon hands Yvon Chouinard the paperwork to file the Benefit Corp article of amendment, with a happy Jared Huffman and Jay Coen Gilbert looking over their shoulders.
Clerks at the Secretary of State’s corporate filing office are having a busy day helping California’s first 12 benefit corporations fill out their articles of amendment.
Timothy and Rose Yee, Co-Founders of Green Retirement Plans, Inc. show off their Benefit Corp papers.
To mark the historic moment, owners of the newly minted benefit corporations sign a ceremonial copy of AB361.
Jared Huffman, Jay Coen Gilbert, and Donald Simon (left to right, front) are pumped up about benefit corporations.
Group photo outside the Secretary of State's office to mark the inauguration of benefit corporations on January 3rd, 2012, in Sacramento, CA.
California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento's Capitol Park, honoring Brien Thomas (B.T.) Collins, Vietnam War veteran and CA Assemblymember, who "never wavered in the belief that one should give something back to society."