(a) A benefit corporation shall prepare an annual benefit report including all of the following:
         (1) A narrative description of:

Terms Used In Illinois Compiled Statutes 805 ILCS 40/5.01

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • State: when applied to different parts of the United States, may be construed to include the District of Columbia and the several territories, and the words "United States" may be construed to include the said district and territories. See Illinois Compiled Statutes 5 ILCS 70/1.14

             (A) the process and rationale for selecting the
third party standard used to prepare the benefit report;
            (B) the ways in which the benefit corporation
pursued general public benefit during the year and the extent to which general public benefit was created;
            (C) the ways in which the benefit corporation
pursued a specific public benefit that the articles state it is the purpose of the benefit corporation to create and the extent to which that specific public benefit was created; and
            (D) any circumstances that have hindered the
pursuit by the benefit corporation of its general public benefit purpose and any specific public benefit purpose or the creation by the benefit corporation of general public benefit and any specific public benefit.
        (2) An assessment of the overall social and
environmental performance of the benefit corporation against a third-party standard:
            (A) applied consistently with any application of
that standard in prior benefit reports; or
            (B) accompanied by an explanation of the reasons
for any inconsistent application.
        (3) The name of the benefit director and the benefit
officer, if any, and the address to which correspondence to each of them may be directed.
        (4) The compensation paid by the benefit corporation
during the year to each director in the capacity of a director.
        (5) The name of each person that owns 5% or more of
the outstanding shares of the benefit corporation either:
            (A) beneficially, to the extent known to the
benefit corporation without independent investigation; or
            (B) of record.
         (6) The statement of the benefit director required
by subsection (c) of Section 4.05.
        (7) A statement of any connection between the
organization that established the third-party standard, or its directors, officers, or material owners, and the benefit corporation or its directors, officers or material owners, including any financial or governance relationship that might materially affect the credibility of the use of the third-party standard.
        (8) If the benefit corporation has dispensed with, or
restricted the discretion or powers of, the board of directors, its annual benefit report must describe the persons who exercise the powers, duties, and rights, and have the immunities of the board of directors and the benefit director as required by subsection (e) of Section 4.05.
    (b) The benefit corporation shall send a benefit report annually to each shareholder:
         (1) within 120 days following the end of the fiscal
year of the benefit corporation; or
        (2) at the same time that the benefit corporation
delivers any other annual report to its shareholders.
    (c) A benefit corporation shall post all of its benefit reports on the public portion of its Internet website, if any, but the compensation paid to directors and financial or proprietary information included in the benefit reports may be omitted from the benefit reports as posted.
     (d) If a benefit corporation does not have an Internet website, the benefit corporation shall provide a copy of its most recent benefit report, without charge, to any person that requests a copy.