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Social Enterprise Awards winners indicate a sector going from strength to strength

June 13, 2014


Last night Social Traders announced the winners of the second annual Social Enterprise Awards. The winners encompass small and big players in the sector, including some social enterprises that are well known and others to watch as they grow.

Social Traders and PwC hosted the 2014 Australian Social Enterprise Awards at a cocktail event in Southbank, Melbourne. Senator The Hon. Mitch Fifield attended and spoke about the importance of social enterprise in complementing the government policy and practice for supporting social services. Senator Fifield then presented the Social Enterprise of The Year Award – Large on behalf of the Australian Government, Department of Social Services.

The 2014 Social Enterprises Awards winners are from across Australia and they generate a broad range of social impact in a variety of community settings. All winners were commended by the judging panel for their strong business models. Winners were judged not only on their impact but their ability to demonstrate leadership in the sector and good governance.

Social enterprises use the power of the market place to solve the most pressing societal problems. They are businesses that exist primarily to benefit the public and the community, rather than their shareholders and owners. Social enterprises are commercially viable businesses with a purpose of generating social impact.

2013 ‘Youth-led’ Award winners Thankyou Group have again come away with a trophy, winning the Social Innovation Award, underlining the impressive business that Dan Flynn and his team have built.

Overcoming barriers to sustainable employment was a strong theme across the 2014 short list. This shone through to the winners with three organisations working towards increased employment opportunities for the disadvantaged. This includes ‘Buy Social’ Award winner, City of Gold Coast, as the best institutional buyer.

2014’s new category, Social Investment of the Year Award, recognised a truly innovative deal in the combined investment of Social Ventures Australia, Social Traders and cohealth to launch the Integrated Medical Clinic.

About the Social Enterprise Awards
Social Traders’ developed the Awards to recognise the impact of individual organisations contributing solutions to the community’s most difficult challenges, and to celebrate the breadth of talent and innovative thinking behind their development. The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards received 87 applications across the six categories. From a shortlist of 23, each category was assessed by a unique panel of sector experts to award the winners.

Note: Case studies are listed for all winners as appendices on following pages.

Presented by: PwC
PRIZE: $5,000

SEED Parks and Property Maintenance (SEED PPM) employs previously long-term unemployed people in North Brisbane to deliver commercial landscape maintenance, residential gardening and commercial cleaning services. (QLD)

Presented by: Australian Government, Department of Social Services
PRIZE: $5,000

Clean Force Property Services is a commercial contract cleaning service providing employment for people from disadvantaged backgrounds including those with disability and mental illness. The social enterprise is a subsidiary of WISE Employment Ltd. (VIC)

Presented by: Australia Post
PRIZE: $5,000

The 40K Group delivers training programs to Australian students and corporate organisations to operate more socially minded businesses. Profits from these programs are invested into delivery of education in India. (NSW)

Presented by: City of Melbourne
PRIZE: Tickets, flights and accommodation to an international conference of your choice

The Integrated Medical Clinic, investment by Social Ventures Australia, Social Traders and cohealth. (VIC). The Integrated Medical Clinic (TIMC) is a General Practice and allied health medical clinic owned by North Yarra Community Health (NYCH), a large not-for-profit community health centre based in Collingwood, Victoria. TIMC’s profits will be used to subsidise free and below-cost community health services offered by NYCH.

Presented by: Ian Potter Foundation
PRIZE: Tickets, flights and accommodation to an international conference of your choice

Thankyou Group (formerly Thankyou Water) was created to fund water, food, health and hygiene projects in developing nations. The Group derive their profits from the sale of bottled water, food and body care products in a range of retailers across Australia. (VIC)

Presented by: Social Traders
Prize: Respect, love and gratitude

The City of Gold Coast has developed a procurement strategy and implemented new processes to directly deliver social outcomes to their community. The ‘social benefits provider procurement’ and ‘buy-local’ procurement strategies harness the purchasing power of the Council to create hundreds of jobs in the Gold Coast area. (QLD)

New Award category of ‘Social Enterprise Investment’ for 2014
The Awards have been expanded in 2014 to include a new category of Social Enterprise Investment to pay tribute to the best investor deal in the Australian social enterprise sector. This new category compliments the ‘Buy Social’ Award and shines the light on those working the market for good and breaking down the barriers between business and community to grow a more responsible form of capitalism.

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