The community interest company offers a neat solution for some UK social enterprises – but can cause headaches for those wanting to scale up through equity investment. Look before you leap into choosing a CIC, advises a legal expert.
ANALYSIS: Chocolate social enterprise Tony’s Chocolonely has a new legal structure to safeguard its mission, which it claims is a model for others to follow. Does its “mission guardians” and “golden share” approach do the trick?
INTERVIEW: Matthijs Visch, EMEA boss at sustainable business pioneer Patagonia, on being an “activist company”, the decision to quit Facebook – and why supply chain headaches still catch them out sometimes.
A move to require all EU companies to consider stakeholder interests would fit within the broader European sustainability agenda, but it faces resistance as “traditional industries” lobby the European Commission.