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Wynne Coleman links Agenda 21 to Benefit Corporations

and singlehandedly has argued

 

Why you should oppose

SB 99 (= H440), North Carolina Benefit Corporations Act

By Wynne Coleman

March 28, 2013

 

 

History of North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act

 

Agenda 21 initiatives have been quietly coming into North Carolina cities and counties for some years. But, in the last 2-3 years, they have entered the State government in the form of new legislation in the North Carolina General Assembly. One Sustainable Development initiative was included and passed in section 13.5 of SB 897, The Current Operations and Capital Improvements Appropriations Act of 2010. Section 13.5 created a North Carolina Sustainable Communities Task Force whose goal is to obtain federal grants for the purpose of implementing sustainability initiatives through regional governance in North Carolina.

 

The other bill with Sustainable Development principles is SB 99, North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act, a bill filed on 2/19/2013 in the North Carolina Senate that was originally introduced in 2011 as SB 26. (SEE: http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=SB+26&submitButton=Go . 

 

The same bill was filed on 3/26/2013 in the House as H440, North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act.http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2013&BillID=HB440&submitButton=Go  

 

At the time of its introduction on 3/22/2011, SB 26 was one of 15 state Benefit Corporations laws that had either been introduced or passed in the U.S.A.  But, because SB 26 was rejected by the House Judiciary Subcommittee C, it was not voted on at the end of the 2011-2012 Short Session, and died in the Legislative Research Committee .

 

Currently, in May 2013, there are 15 states that have passed Benefit Corporation bills. And, there are 18 states, North Carolina included, that are still “WORKING ON IT.”

For a legislative map, SEE: http://www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps/legislation  

 

Why was SB 26 rejected by the House Judiciary Subcommittee C?  

 

When I first learned of SB 26, I saw wording in the bill that led me to suspect that this was, indeed, legislation that would vastly advance the goals of Agenda 21-Sustainable Development. After doing some investigation, I confirmed that this was so. The bill had already passed through the North Carolina Senate 50-0. So I worked to inform certain Representatives in the North Carolina House about this Sustainable Development connection. With the help a few committed activists, and due to the receptivity of Chairman Tim Moore and other Republican NC House Representatives serving on House Judiciary Subcommittee C, SB 26 never came to the floor for a vote. As stated above, SB 26 was sent to the Legislative Research Committee, where it died.

 

Therefore, in order to get a Benefit Corporation bill passed in North Carolina, Benefit Corporation advocates would have to start over, with a new bill number and possibly new wording.  One thing is certain: Because powerful Agenda 21/Sustainable Development forces (Rockefeller Bros. Fund, Aspen Institute and other powerful entities) are supporting the Benefit Corporation concept, ideologically and financially, Benefit Corporation advocates are not going to give up.

Indeed, without missing a beat, Benefit Corporation advocates have already introduced  identical North Carolina Benefit Corporation Acts in the NC Senate (SB 99) and in the House (H440) at the beginning of the 2013-2014 Session.

Both bills have the same wording as SB 26.

 

 

Tracing the philosophy of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development to the North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act.

 

Please note that Sustainable Development is a not a partisan issue. Since the drafting of Agenda 21, two Republican Presidents (Presidents H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and two Democrat Presidents, (Presidents Clinton and Obama) - ESPECIALLY PRESIDENT CLINTON - have supported the advance of Agenda 21 initiatives and our continued entanglement with the United Nations.

ORIGINAL OBJECTIONS TO SB 26

(which now apply to SB 99 and H440)

 

1.  SB 26 expands government at a time when the people are crying out to reduce government.

 

2.  SB 26 states that government may legally recognize corporations in subjective social moral areas where government has no authority.

 

3.  SB 26 is based on Sustainable Development principles of economy, environment and society that are irreconcilable with the U.S. Constitution. These Sustainable Development principles would gradually transform our current constitutional government into a collectivist global system of government designed and governed by the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development document. We don’t want UN mandates driving our North Carolina General Assembly!  SEE BELOW

 

4.  SB 26 encourages public-private partnerships (PPPs) between North Carolina State government and businesses. The PPP arrangement undermines the checks and balances that must exist between government force and economic power to prevent tyranny. It leads to “cronyism.” Because B Corps are legally recognized by government for their willingness to undertake environmental social humanitarian missions, governments (State, local, municipal) may allow these companies to go to the head of the line to get licenses and permits. The companies that refuse to become benefit corps will have to wait.

 

5.  SB 26 permits a third-party outside influence (in this case, B Lab) to introduce unconstitutional Sustainable Development ideas into State government and then oversee their implementation. SEE BELOW.

 

6. Why is it necessary to legalize Benefit Corporations through B Lab certification? Any company can become a Benefit Corporation. But, a legal benefit corporation, as well a corporation that chooses to become a trademarked “B Corp,” submits to a third party certification process which demands action in the environmental area and asks very specific questions about employee policies and employee well-being (social equity, social justice. SEE ATTACHED SAMPLE FORM:

(NOTE: The sample form is ATTACHED because the hyperlink to the application was removed from the website after SB 26 was rejected.

 

(For general process info: SEE: http://www.bcorporation.net/become-a-b-corp/how-to-become-a-b-corp/938-start-ups  )   

 

 

What is a Benefit Corporation or “B Corp”?

 - A Benefit Corporation that is legalized by State legislation allows corporations to divert profits from shareholders in order to pursue environmental and social humanitarian missions. (This involves “the 3Es of Sustainable Development”. For explanation SEE 3E chart BELOW.)

 - A legal Benefit Corporation agrees to be certified by an independent third party (in this case, B Lab in Berwyn, Pa.) http://www.bcorporation.net/   Once certified by B Lab, A Benefit Corporation is known as a “B Corp”.

 - B Lab has introduced B Corps boilerplate legislation in a number of states. This is not confined to North Carolina. SEE: http://www.benefitcorp.net/state-by-state-legislative-status  

 

Q: What is wrong with this legislation?

A: Here is the what, the who and the how.

WHAT is the philosophy:

Although the words “Agenda 21” or “Sustainable Development” are not in the SB 26 bill , the philosophy of Agenda 21/Susainable Development is behind it.

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy of Agenda 21/Sustainable Development

 

Agenda 21 is a “soft law” document (“soft law” means that it is not hard or binding law or a treaty, but acceptable policy) adopted by 179 countries in Rio DeJaneiro, Brazil in 1992. It is the primary document that was created by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).   Agenda 21 is described as: “a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally, and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts (sic) on the environment.”  (http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=23&type=400&menu=35)

 

Agenda 21 promotes the philosophy of Sustainable Development, defined as

 Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

(http://www.un-documents.net/ocf-02.htm)

 

(Meeting the needs of future generations is based on the “Precautionary Principle” which means handling the perception of threats to the earth without the necessity of scientific certainty - as in global warming and population growth.)

 

Agenda 21/Sustainable Development has three interdependent objectives called the “3Es”.

The “3 Es” of Sustainable Development are

Environment, Economy and Equity (or Social Equity).

 

 

Environment places nature above man. Man is a threat to nature. Man’s rights extend only as far as government allows for the common good.

 

Economy is the redistribution of wealth internationally and the creation of public/private partnerships. Redistribution of wealth is the unjust or forced redistribution of wealth, taking from the wealthy to give to the poor, effectively lowering the standard of living in America to that of the rest of the world. Public-private partnerships combine the power of business with the force of government.

 

Equity is often associated with the term, “social,” as in “social equity.” In the United States, equity means equality of opportunity. In sustainable development, equity means equality of material possessions or resources or equality of results. Equity focuses on class distinctions. Another expression for “social equity” is “social justice.” “Social justice” subordinates the American concept of “equal justice” for the individual to the concept of collectivism. Social justice collectivizes individual rights into equal rights for groups, such as women, youth, the poor, and the unemployed.

 

SB26 using the 3E formula allows corporations (economy) to use profits to fulfill environmental and social(equity) missions.

 

The3Es are irreconcilable with our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, which give man unalienable rights endowed by their Creator. In the 3Es rights are determined by government.

 

Property rights foremost are threatened by the increasing demands of the 3Es as implemented in local, state and federal sustainability regulations and “non-laws.”

 

WHO oversees the process?   B Lab, who has introduced this boilerplate legislation, is the same independent third party that certifies Benefit Corporations to become legal “B Corps”.

 

The three founders of B Lab are Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute, the humanist organization at the forefront of promoting Agenda 21/Sustainable Development ideals. Maurice Strong, the Secretary-General of the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and the Rio Earth Summit, where Agenda 21 was drafted, and founding executive director of UNEP is on Aspen Institute’s Council of Honorary Trustees, “a meaningful way for distinguished individuals to remain active and involved in Institute activities, serve on committees and take part in, and support the important work of the Aspen Institute.” http://www.aspeninstitute.org/node/3227

Aspen Institute believes that national sovereignty is old-fashioned and must be replaced by global “interdependence.” All “B Corps” certified by B Lab must agree to sign a “Declaration of Interdependence.”

http://www.freedomadvocates.org/images/pdf/benefit%20corporation%20purpose.pdf

 

B Lab receives funding from the Rockefeller Foundation who are closely allied to Aspen Institute and fully endorse world governance.

http://www.bcorporation.net/what-are-b-corps/1047     

        

If you still doubt the connection of this B Corp boilerplate legislation to Sustainable Development, note that B Lab’s national policy partner is the American Sustainable Business Council. See, paragraph 5 of:

http://www.bcorporation.net/news-and-media/2012-annual-report/1080     

 

Also, on the same page, notice the first statement on the page is a quotation by A.P. Carlton Jr., former president of the American Bar Association. Carlton was the chief spokesman on behalf of B Lab and the NC Benefit Corporation Act at the meetings of the NC House Judiciary Subcommittee C at the end of the Short Session.

 

 

Conclusion

 

WHY change our free enterprise system?: The concept of Benefit Corporations is designed to transform not only the business culture away from our free enterprise profit motivated system, but to transform all of society’s values and behavior through Sustainable Development’s philosophy economy, environment and social equity. All are to be governed through the United Nations by the elite global planners who know better that the sovereign people, who prefer representative government based on the principles our U.S. founding documents.

 

Sustainable Development is government-approved development, which will evolve out of national sovereignty into global governance as envisioned by world planners, such as Maurice Strong and earth-centered ”new spirituality” leaders and “practical visionaries” as leaders such as the late Willis Harmon of the Institute on Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Corinne McGlaughlin of Center for Visionary Leadership. McGloughlin coordinated a task force to create President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development.

 

Sustainability and the Certified B and Benefit Corporations:

http://www.corpmagazine.com/executives-entrepreneurs/expert-advice/itemid/9000/pageid/2/sustainability-and-the-certified-b-and-benefit-cor   .

 

‘Practical Visionary with Corinne McGlaughlin”

http://www.noetic.org/library/audio-teleseminars/corinne-mclaughlin-practical-visionary-8-keys-spir/ 

 

If you do not wish to see these changes take place, please oppose SB 99 and H440, the second attempt to pass a North Carolina Benefit Corporation Act.

 

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(NOTE: An excellent overview of Agenda 21 Sustainable Development entitled Understanding Sustainable Development – Agenda 21 – For the People and their Public Officials, can be read and downloaded in its entirety from the website of the organization, Freedom Advocates at http://www.freedomadvocates.org/ .).

 

My full 18 page report with and introductory short article entitled “B Lab’s Benefit Corporations Won’t Benefit You” is in the Freedom Advocates archives. Here is how to access the intro article, my bio, and the full report:

 

For the short introductory article, go to:   

http://www.freedomadvocates.org/images/pdf/bcorp%20sb26.pdf

 

After you read the introductory article, scroll down to the bottom of the page where a link says. “Read why SENATE BILL 26, The North Carolina Benefit Corporations Act MUST BE STOPPED!” Click on that link to read my full 18 page reporton SB26. YOU MUST WAIT A FEW SECONDS FOR IT TO COME UP.

 

 

Wynne Coleman, 3/28/2013

wynnecoleman@nc.rr.com

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