Social Enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that uses commercial strategies to maximize human and environmental well-being, rather than simply maximizing profits for external shareholders.


Building a Socially Responsible Company: From the CEO to the Front Desk

What do a union advocate, a freelancer and an ex-convict have in common? There’s no punch line here — they’re all successful leaders…

Changing the Nature of Corporate Giving to Address Poverty

The traditional corporate giving method is well documented. The question is: Can we go further?
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What If a Job Could Reduce Violence?

Economic development could reduce violence in communities with gang activity through supplying choices and opportunity.
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SAP Continues to Lead as a Sustainability and Integrated Reporting Leader

SAP's latest integrated report tracks its longstanding initiatives on sustainability, social programs and financial performance.

How Corruption Kills the Promise of Social Enterprise

Drawing on her first-hand experience of operating a social enterprise in Afghanistan, Sarah Chayes makes a forceful case for dealing with systemic corruption…

Why Confidentiality Will Unlock the Impact Economy

Just as there is professional privilege in law and psychology, we need clear guidelines for how negative information can be shared, discussed and…

Ontario Launches Fund to Foster Social Enterprises

Ontario, Canada, has launched the Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund to foster the growth of social entrepreneurs and enterprises, with the aim of attracting…
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Access to Mobile Phones Opens Opportunities for Women in Burma

In Burma, one telecommunications company, Ooredoo, has partnered with various organizations to empower women by expanding access to mobile phones.

How Social Enterprises Can Protect Mission and Deliver Profit

A growing body of sector research is shining light on the principles of how social enterprises can use outcome monitoring to strengthen mission…

Why Metrics Matter When It Comes to Impact Investing

Over past years, as I’ve both participated in and observed the evolution of metrics and impact reporting discussions and practice, I’ve come to…
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Healthy Corners Program Tackles Urban Food Deserts

The Healthy Corners program distributes fresh produce to small corner stores in 'food deserts' that can try selling it at a profit with…
A regional food hub funded by RSF Social Finance, Common Market in Philadelphia has grown rapidly through a series of integrated capital financings.

Growth Financing for Social Enterprises: 5 Options and How to Make Them Work for You

In this look at financing for social enterprises, RSF Social Finance's Don Shaffer spells out the ins and outs of five funding options,…
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Good Cloth: Going Beyond Fair Trade in Fashion

Good Cloth is trying to challenge the fashion industry by working with small artisan producers worldwide while still focusing on quality and design.

Video: The World’s First Accelerator Dedicated to Lifting Girls Out of Poverty

The Girl Effect Accelerator represents the first program of its kind: an international accelerator dedicated exclusively to scaling up ventures that are positioned…
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Brazil’s Natura Cosmetics Now the World’s Largest B Corp

Natura Cosmetics, the second largest cosmetics manufacturer in Brazil with revenues around $US3 billion annually, is now a certified B Corp.