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October 21, 2014

I’m back on deck after a week away in Seoul at the seventh Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF’14).

This was the first time SEWF has been held in Asia. This annual international gathering of social enterprise operators, supporters and policy makers has now been held in all six habitable continents of the world.  As in past years, SEWF provided an excellent platform to bring attention and focus on social enterprise in the host country of South Korea. Watch a quick highlights video here

The Prime Minister of South Korea, Hongwon Chung pledged that the “Government of Korea will spare no efforts to support social enterprise so that they fulfil their roles and grow their potentials”

SEWF’14 was a big and successful event with over 1,100 delegates from countries all over the world.  Social enterprise is being strongly recognised and supported in Korea with enabling framework legislation and specialist organisations including the Korean Social Enterprise Promotion Agency.

The theme of SEWF’14 was ‘Social Change through Enterprise’. Attendees learned about the latest initiatives and developments relating to social innovation, social inclusion and social investment.

I participated in two-day Social Impact Tour and Explore (SITE) in the days leading into the main event. This optional tour visited a number of social enterprises both within Seoul, and in the surrounding region. It was good to get a taste of the rural Korea, and pleasing to see the diversity of enterprises operating and hear about the social impact they are creating.

The Seoul Declaration was signed on behalf of all delegates to declare commitment for the future global development of the growing social enterprise movement.

SEWF’15 will be held in Milan, Italy from 1-3 July.

David Brookes
Managing Director, Social Traders

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