What is a social enterprise?
When businesses do more than generate profits.
Big business doesn’t always have to serve shareholders – sometimes they can change the world for the better.
Rather than paying dividends to investors, social enterprises take their profits and reinvest or donate them into projects, ideas or initiatives that create positive social change.
They can be big or small – from coffee shops and cinemas, to pubs and leisure centres, banks and bus companies. They can offer fair pay and working conditions to growers in Africa like Divine Chocolate. They can help improve the lives of Syrian refugees in Turkey through the sale of earrings like We Are One Collective. Or jewellery can also help people with anxiety be welcomed back into the community, just as the creators of Haringey-based Studio 306 do.