Social enterprise

What are social enterprises?

Social enterprises are businesses that tackle social and environmental problems. They create jobs and generate income like other businesses, but instead of channelling their profits to owners they reinvest them to support their social mission. In doing so, they are improving people’s lives in our communities and societies.

Our Global Social Enterprise programme

We promote the development of social enterprise and social investment to help foster a more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for us all.  

Our programme draws on UK expertise, striving to share best practice and create opportunities between the UK and other countries. Currently operating in 29 countries and working with a host of international and local partners, we provide social entrepreneurs with: 

  • training 
  • business consulting and mentoring
  • access to funding and investment opportunities
  • study tours
  • international networking 

We also conduct research and organise policy dialogues, academic exchanges and public awareness activities which promote social enterprise and social investment

Find out more about our work and the social enterprises we support below.

Programme activities