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Report: Support and Strengthen Green Social Enterprise
Research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria to map green social enterprises in Victoria and to understand the business support needs of identified green social enterprises.
The report provides an overview of research undertaken by Social Traders on behalf of Sustainability Victoria to map green social enterprises in Victoria and to understand the business support needs of identified green social enterprises.
This report includes a summary of the list of green social enterprises identified and an analysis of needs based on interviews conducted. This report also includes opportunities and recommendations for supporting and strengthening green social enterprises in Victoria.
Green social enterprises fulfill the following criteria:
- Are led by an environmental mission or deliver environmental outcomes.
- Engage in substantial trading activity to generate majority of its income.
- Distribute profits towards the achievement of its mission(s).
The methodology developed for this research identified 111 green social enterprises in Victoria.
During the course of this research, a large group of social enterprise was discovered—charitable recycling organisations, also known as opportunity shops. It is believed that approximately 460 charitable recycling organisations exist in Victoria, bringing the total number of green social enterprises to approximately 570.
More than a third of green social enterprises identified are involved in the waste industry, including recycling, e-waste, and waste collection. The food industry is another dominant group, comprising 15% of green social enterprise identified. The third dominant group comprises 23% of green social enterprises identified and work in the areas of land care, tree planting, gardening and landscaping.