Philadelphia City Council Passes Unanimous Vote to Create Sustainable City Policy

PHILADELPHIA adopts city policy aimed at sustainable practice: See B Corps Win Healthy Tax Break in Landmark Law, written by Mary Catherine O’Connor and published on Thursday, December 3rd on

The Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously to pass a bill that creates a new sustainable business tax credit for certified sustainable businesses located in the City of Philadelphia. For tax years 2012 through 2017, 25 eligible businesses shall receive a tax credit of $4,000 to be used against the gross receipts portion of the business privilege tax.  Companies can be classified as certified sustainable businesses once they are certified as B Corporations.

Not only does this bode well for B Lab’s efforts to gain governmental recognition for B Corps, it also makes Philadelphia (a city that is already making strides in sustainability) the first city in the country to adopt a financial incentive for sustainable businesses.

And while city laws are still a far cry from state-wide legislation, Philly’s support of B Corps is already generating some momentum among other city councils—specifically in Media and Yonkers, PA.—which are considering similar legislation.

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