Comments
yourfanat wrote: I am using another tool for Oracle developers - dbForge Studio for Oracle. This IDE has lots of usefull features, among them: oracle designer, code competion and formatter, query builder, debugger, profiler, erxport/import, reports and many others. The latest version supports Oracle 12C. More information here.
Cloud Expo on Google News
SYS-CON.TV
Cloud Expo & Virtualization 2009 East
PLATINUM SPONSORS:
IBM
Smarter Business Solutions Through Dynamic Infrastructure
IBM
Smarter Insights: How the CIO Becomes a Hero Again
Microsoft
Windows Azure
GOLD SPONSORS:
Appsense
Why VDI?
CA
Maximizing the Business Value of Virtualization in Enterprise and Cloud Computing Environments
ExactTarget
Messaging in the Cloud - Email, SMS and Voice
Freedom OSS
Stairway to the Cloud
Sun
Sun's Incubation Platform: Helping Startups Serve the Enterprise
POWER PANELS:
Cloud Computing & Enterprise IT: Cost & Operational Benefits
How and Why is a Flexible IT Infrastructure the Key To the Future?
Click For 2008 West
Event Webcasts
Pennsylvania Registers First "Benefit Corporations," Implements New Law to Attract Socially, Environmentally-Conscious Businesses

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today joined business leaders to accept registrations to become Pennsylvania's first "benefit corporations.''

This new state law gives entrepreneurs, investors, and consumers the option to build, finance, and patronize businesses that pledge, as part of their corporate structure, to operate in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, otherwise known as benefit corporations.

"There are entrepreneurs who want to create, investors who want to finance, and consumers who want to do business with companies which have publicly made a commitment to better their communities and their environment as a part of their business model," Aichele said.

"By giving them the option to do so in Pennsylvania, Gov. Corbett has said our state is open for business to, and actively working to attract, these companies and the jobs they bring with them."

Aichele officially accepted documents to register the businesses as the state's first benefit corporations at the Independence Visitors' Center in Philadelphia. The Department of State's Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations registers all incorporated businesses in the state.

"Benefit corporations commit to practices such as using recycled materials, requiring energy efficiencies in their operations and those of their suppliers, ensuring workers making their products are paid a fair wage, and contributing to the welfare of the communities in which their facilities are located," Aichele said. 

While not specifying criteria for or categories of benefits that are provided, this law permits a corporation's directors to consider non-financial interests when making decisions, without breaching any fiduciary duty to shareholders. 

For instance, directors of benefit corporations could consider using energy from renewable sources, such as wind or solar, even if the cost was higher than power generated by fossil fuels.

Benefit corporation directors could also take into account other firms' environmental and social practices when choosing suppliers, and consider how the company's business practices impact employees and the communities in which their facilities are located.

Being a benefit corporation is a voluntary action requiring approval of two-thirds of a corporation's shareholders.  The corporation's performance in achieving its public benefit is assessed against a third-party standard. 

Benefit corporations must file annual statements with their shareholders and the Department of State showing how they are meeting their commitment to provide public benefits.

"This is another of Governor Corbett's successes in making our state more attractive for new businesses to locate and existing businesses to expand, bringing jobs to Pennsylvania," Aichele said. 

The law's prime sponsor, Rep. Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster), along with representatives of the Sustainable Business Network attended the registration event to show their support for this new law.

Companies registering as benefit corporations today include:

Home Care Associates, Philadelphia;
Untours, Media, Delaware County;
12th Street Catering, Philadelphia;
The Redefinery, Philadelphia;
Barber Gale, Pottstown, Montgomery County;
Yikes, Philadelphia;
Close the Loop, Kunkletown, Monroe County;
Praxis Consulting, Philadelphia;
Nolan Painting, Havertown, Delaware County;
Mugshots Coffeehouse, Philadelphia;
Biz 54.com, Pittsburgh, Allegheny County;
Re Vision Architecture, Philadelphia;
Solutions for Progress, Philadelphia;
Energy Opportunities, Wellsville, York County;
Roofmeadow, Philadelphia

For information on registering a business as a benefit corporation in Pennsylvania, visit www.dos.state.pa.us, click on "Corporations", "Filing Guidelines," then "Pennsylvania Benefit Corporation."

Media contact: Ron Ruman, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State

About PR Newswire
Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Cloud Developer Stories
Compute virtualization has been transformational, yet security policy implementation and enforcement has lagged behind in agility and automation. There are a number of key considerations when implementing policy in private and hybrid clouds. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, H...
Samsung VP Jacopo Lenzi, who headed the company's recent SmartThings acquisition under the auspices of Samsung's Open Innovaction Center (OIC), answered a few questions we had about the deal. This interview was in conjunction with our interview with SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson...
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framewo...
SYS-CON Events announced today that SOA Software, an API management leader, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. SOA Software is a leading provider of API M...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Utimaco will exhibit at SYS-CON's 15th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on November 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Utimaco is a leading manufacturer of hardware based security solutions that...
Subscribe to the World's Most Powerful Newsletters
Subscribe to Our Rss Feeds & Get Your SYS-CON News Live!
Click to Add our RSS Feeds to the Service of Your Choice:
Google Reader or Homepage Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe with Bloglines Subscribe in NewsGator Online
myFeedster Add to My AOL Subscribe in Rojo Add 'Hugg' to Newsburst from CNET News.com Kinja Digest View Additional SYS-CON Feeds
Publish Your Article! Please send it to editorial(at)sys-con.com!

Advertise on this site! Contact advertising(at)sys-con.com! 201 802-3021



SYS-CON Featured Whitepapers
ADS BY GOOGLE