There are lots of ways to be/become a social enterprise. I went into some pretty serious detail in this month’s Renfrew-Collingwood Community News, which is itself a social enterprise of the Renfrew-Collingwood Neighbourhood House in East Vancouver.
I also write about them on my blog quite a bit.
Many people are justifiably cynical about corporations that claim to be awesome because they support various charities, yet destroy the world or people. Social entrepreneurs are sick of that too.
So the criteria matters. See my link above.
And YOUR job, if you’re not already a social enterprise, is to first support those around you. Increasingly, and again in 2019.
And along the way you’ll find ways that your organization isn’t a social enterprise, but could be. From transforming your mission, to becoming a B corp, to your hiring/promotion practices to altering your legal structure.
But you don’t need to do that all before the end of January or anything. But if you aren’t thinking about radical changes to improve your credibility as an entity, you’ll soon start being wedged out by those who do.
And then there are the millennials. They care about caring, vision, values, social consequences of action. That kind of thing. Not that previous generations didn’t, but we didn’t…at least compared to them.
Millennials are already the largest workforce cohort today and soon they’ll be over 50% of the working world. If we aren’t thinking about how to exist in a world they’ll soon transform, that’s on us. And I’ll tell you right now, I’m looking forward to a 2018 with far more of a focus on the social side of enterprise.