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WHAT IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?

A social enterprise is a business, either non-profit or for-profit, that builds positive social and/or environmental goals into its operational frame-work and bottom line. Often referred to as “blended returns”, a social enterprise looks to maximize its positive social and environmental impacts while also achieving a profit.

Methods for achieving positive social and environmental impacts can take many forms within a social enterprise. Profits may be entirely reinvested in the company’s mission. Production may be situated strategically in order to provide jobs for communities or for particular populations. A portion of profits may be reinvested in communities and organizations or used to fun specific projects.

OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE FRIENDS

B CORPORATION

  • B Lab is a non-profit who’s vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World®
  • B Lab is building a global community of Certified B Corporations™ who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability
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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE

  • The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has been the champion and key catalyst for the development of the social enterprise sector in the United States since 1998.
  • We empower social enterprises and social entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work to foster a social enterprise ecosystem in which they can thrive.
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Causeartist

  • causeartist – [cause-artist] noun. a person who uses their talents and skills to impact the world.
  • Causeartist exists to help you discover what’s new and trending in the world of Social Impact by featuring original interviews, lists, and spotlights with founders and CEO’s from some of the most exciting Social Enterprises impacting the world.
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