Participative Session 10: Global governance

Participative Session 10: Global governance

Friday 29th September 10:30AM - 12:00PM The Piano, The Box

In the absence of consistent agreement or legal definition on what constitutes a social enterprise, how do agencies that make policy and or promote/support social enterprise agree about what social enterprise is and what it is not? In many countries, social enterprises are businesses established to address social and environmental issues and are asset locked and non-profit distributing. In many other countries, it’s not possible to be a business and a non-profit, therefore social enterprises use for-profit structures to deliver social value. We are also seeing the emergence of hybrid structures for social businesses which focus on the business and its social impact, in countries where there are both non-profit and for-profit options. Should the social enterprise movement protect itself from exploitation by commercial interests, or enlarge the tent and embrace any business that is committed to social impact?