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What is a social enterprise?

Social Enterprise Motivations

Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.

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Social enterprise motivations

Social enterprises can broadly be categorised into three principle motivations.


Businesses that provide employment, training and support for disadvantaged groups.

Community Need

Businesses that create or maintain products and/or services in response to social or economic needs in the community, not met by the market.

Profit Redistribution

Businesses that exist to generate profits which are redistributed to social programs or charitable activities.

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