As per Section 8(1a, 1b, 1c) of the new Companies Act, 2013, a Section 8 company can be established for 'promotion of commerce, art, science, sports, education, research, social welfare, religion, charity, protection of environment or any such other object', provided it 'intends to apply its profits, if any, or other income in promoting its objects' and 'intends to prohibit the payment of any dividend to its members.'