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The criteria in this standard address the economic, environmental, and social impact of all business activities for the BCSI business sectors defined in Appendix A. The standard is intended to assist business entities legally organized as a Benefit Corporation in any applicable jurisdiction, but may also be useful to any form of entity – whether or not it is operated for profit, whether or not Benefit Corporations are authorized by law in the jurisdiction, and whether or not the entity does “business” in the traditional sense – that wishes to operate in a more economically, environmentally and socially responsible manner.  It is intended, however, that only businsses that are a lawful “Benefit Corporation” may be certified as BCSI Accredited.