Increasingly, Nova Scotians are not satisfied with choosing between being in business or helping people.They know they can do both, and they want to do more. That’s why they’re turning to social enterprises to support the economy and give back to communities across the province. Government’s Framework for Advancing Social Enterprise supports this vision for vibrant communities.
On Wednesday, April 12th the Government of Nova Scotia gave formal recognition to the thriving social enterprise sector in its province, releasing the official Framework for Advancing Social Enterprise in conjunction with the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia’s Sector Strategy. In doing so, they take a significant step forward in creating true prosperity across the province.
The Victorian social enterprise sector is recognised as the largest and most dynamic in Australia. It is estimated that there are currently more than 5,000 social enterprises trading across metropolitan and regional Victoria employing an estimated 75,000 people.
This ten-year, national social enterprise strategy sets out our shared ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland, jointly developed with the sector. It provides a framework for action over the next decade.
In 2009 Social Traders partnered with the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at Queensland University of Technology to define social enterprise and, for the first time in Australia, to identify and map the social enterprise sector: its scope, its variety of forms, its reasons for trading, its financial dimensions, and the individuals and communities social enterprises aim to benefit.
Scotland has a long history of developing models of business for social good. Today, social enterprise continues to play a role in the economy and have a huge impact on communities all across Scotland. This document sets out the Scottish Government’s ambitions for international excellence, leadership and impact in the social enterprise field. We have brought forward this strategy in partnership with Scottish Development International, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the British Council and representatives from the social enterprise movement in Scotland. This strategy describes our shared vision and collective commitment to internationalising social enterprise.