Over recent years, macroeconomic changes have led to new types of companies being setup and becoming increasingly widespread. These companies are based on sustainable and innovative practices and are characterised by their "positive" impact on the community. The most clear examples of this change are so-called "Benefit Corporations": an emerging type of entity that, in carrying out their business, not only aim at generating and sharing profits but also pursue one or more objectives for the common good, operating in a responsible, sustainable and transparent manner vis-à-vis people, communities, the local area and the environment. This article analyses this new type of company within the context of Italy’s Veneto region. By cross-referencing data from the Companies Register held by the Italian Chambers of Commerce and the Registry of Benefit Corporations, and by analysing interviews and annual reports on work carried out for the common good, we are able to better understand the "Benefit" phenomenon and how companies are currently contributing to the challenge of social innovation.
Keywords: Social Innovation, Enterprises, Benefit Corporations