Social enterprise

Social enterprise

A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit, and may take the form (depending in which country the entity exists and the legal forms available) of a co-operative, mutual organization, a disregarded entity, a social business, a benefit corporation, a community interest company or a charity organization. They can also take more conventional structures. What differentiates social enterprises is that their social mission is as core to their success as any potential profit.

Types of Social Enterprises[edit]
Social enterprises can generally be classified by the below categories, though new sectors and areas arise as the field continues to evolve. Currently recognized fields of social enterprise are:

Animal Rights, Animal Agriculture Reduction & Vegan Enterprise
Economic Development, Economic Empowerment, Financial Literacy & Poverty Alleviation
Environmental Sustainability & Climate Change Mitigation
Food Access, Sustainable Food Systems, & Hunger Relief
Health, Public Health, Healthcare Accessibility & Wellness
Microfinance, Microcredit & Microlending
Racial Equity & Gender Equity
Social Justice, Justice & Human Rights
Women’s Empowerment & Women’s Rights

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