Social Enterprise

A Different Way of Doing Business, with Lucy Findlay, Social Enterprise Mark

Social Enterprise Mark provides accreditation for businesses that enhance the greater good. Accreditation exists everywhere from higher education to medicine. So why should entrepreneurs be any different? Lucy Findlay, managing director at the Social Enterprise Mark Company, helps socially-focused businesses receive accreditation for the work — and the good — that they do. “We recognize the type of business that is putting the money it makes back into society and the environment rather than using it for shareholder gain,” Findlay said. “Our mark helps them to prove that.” Earning a Social Enterprise Mark The Social Enterprise Mark is modeled after the Fair Trade Organization, Findlay said. The accreditation process begins…

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7 Reasons to Start Your Social Enterprise Now

Now is the best time to start your social enterprise. What is a social enterprise? A social enterprise is a company that takes the awesome power of commerce and focuses it on some of the most intractable issues of our time. Social entrepreneurs (those who start social enterprises) are taking on grand challenges from education to economic development, from poverty to peace, and everything in between. Let’s look at seven reasons why now is the right time to start your social enterprise. 1. There is an Ecosystem of Support to Help You Start Your Social Enterprise We got a lot of things wrong in the late 1990s. If you’re of a certain age, you…

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