SAP’s commitment to social enterprise
As a global business software provider, SAP believes working with social enterprises is mutually beneficial; SAP is doubling down on its commitment to the sector. The company is Social Enterprise World Forum’s first global partner, and our three-year partnership is driving growth in the social enterprise sector. In 2019, SAP and the SEWF international network designed a massive open online course (MOOC) to teach participants how social enterprises can enhance corporate supply chains.
For many years, SAP has supported social enterprises primarily through the SAP Social Sabbatical programmme. The programme matches SAP employees with social enterprises, NGOs, and non-profits allowing employees to use their expertise to help organizations address strategic challenges during an intensive three-week period.
This year’s Global Forum will be SEWF Digital and SAP is continuing to support our first-ever, fully virtual event.
Read more about SAP’s commitment to social enterprise.
SEI Learning Channel
SEWF is delighted to support the Social Enterprise Institute (SEI), the world’s online school for social enterprise education, in its effort to create a new global impact economy. SEI is on a mission to equip 1,000,000 change-makers with the inspiration, knowledge, and connections they need to achieve a lasting change through social enterprise activity. We first partnered with SEI at SEWF 2018 to record a series of masterclasses with international experts to be featured on their online platform.
Read more about the platform and how to get involved.
There are various ways organisations can partner with SEWF. Click on the links below for further information:
Board of Directors
Charlie Wigglesworth, Deputy CEO, Social Enterprise UK
Charlie is responsible for all aspects of SEUK’s operations and business activities. This includes diversifying SEUK’s revenue streams, leading on membership, advisory work and corporate relationships as well as SEUK’s research and strategic objectives. He has worked with major multinational companies on delivering their social enterprise and sustainability strategies with a particular emphasis on supply chains. He was responsible for creating the Buy Social Corporate Challenge, the largest B2B commitment to spend with social enterprises globally with 23 partners and £65 million already committed. His work on social value in the public sector has included co-authoring Communities Count, the largest research into social value implementation to date, advising HS2 Ltd and Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service around their social value policies and delivering training to a wide range of public bodies.
Prior to SEUK, Charlie worked in the private sector working with clients across the public, private and third sectors delivering training and consultancy on public policy issues. He has extensive experience of business development and account management, developing bespoke packages for a wide variety of clients from large multinationals to small charities.
David Brookes, Managing Director, Social Traders
David was appointed as Managing Director of Social Traders Ltd in January 2009. He is the Executive Director on the Board and has responsibility for organisational management and strategy, corporate governance and stakeholder engagement.
Social Traders has developed a number of unique social enterprise programs and services. David has led social enterprise sector development initiatives, including the launch of the Australian Social Enterprise Awards program in 2013. He has been a member of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) Steering Committee since 2010.
David has over fifteen year of senior management experience in the business sector having held a range of corporate affairs roles with Rio Tinto, Toyota and Amcor. At all three companies he was closely involved in the development of strategic business community-partnership programs and was a strong advocate for social and environmental responsibility over this period.
David also has policy and economic development experience having worked with a major industry association and local council in NSW.
He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
David LePage, Chair, Social Enterprise Council of Canada
David offers years of experience in social enterprise across many roles, in rural and urban settings, across cultures, and internationally. Currently, through Accelerating Social Impact CCC, he provides blended value business consulting and training; promotes a supportive public policy environment and advises social impact investors.
David is a founder and current Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; the Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board; a partner in Buy Social Canada; and on the Boards of Vancouver’s Farmers Markets, Ethelo Decisions and Ethelo Democracy.
He is the lead Facilitator for the Groundswell Social Venture Program; a founding partner and content provider for the Social Enterprise Institute; and a Program Adjunct and an Instructor for the Sandermoen School of Business MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership.
Gerry Higgins, Managing Director, SEWF C.I.C.
Gerry is the Founder and Managing Director of Social Enterprise World Forum and Director of International Enterprise at Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS). Gerry took on the role of Managing Director in January 2019 as Social Enterprise World Forum required more capacity to support its ambitious programme to build a global social enterprise movement.
Gerry is also a Director at Social Value Lab, CEIS Ayrshire, DSL Business Finance, Social Enterprise UK and Societi. Gerry has a BA in Education and a MSc in Business Studies and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Social Enterprise UK in 2017.
Gerry has many years’ experience in developing and leading social enterprises and works with government agencies and third sector partners internationally to create supportive social enterprise ecosystems. His current work includes oversight of major programmes to support social enterprise development and to contribute to social enterprise policy at home and abroad. Gerry is committed to social justice and has spent over 30 years working in the social enterprise sector to assist individuals, communities and enterprises to fulfil their potential.
Hélène Malandain, Chair, SEWF C.I.C.
Hélène’s background is in marketing & communications and she worked in a range of creative agencies in France, the UK and NZ, including London-based social change PR firm Forster.
She joined the Ākina Foundation in 2014 to design and deliver NZ’s first social enterprise accelerator programme that saw 11 ventures graduate at the end of the 6-months intensive programme. Hélène then stepped into the role of Project Director for the 2017 Social Enterprise World Forum and spent two years leading the team that designed and delivered what became the largest Social Enterprise World Forum ever, with over 1600 delegates hosted over a week in the city of Christchurch.
Hélène joined the SEWF Board in August 2017. In the meantime, and on the back of hosting the event in Christchurch, Hélène will be actively building on the legacy of SEWF 2017. As Global Relationship Director at Ākina, Hélène will lead or facilitate conversations, collaborations and partnerships that will enable the next stages of growth for the NZ social enterprise sector.
Hélène has also recently joined Conscious Consumers, a social enterprise that connects conscious consumers to businesses that want to make a positive difference in the world. She is the Head of Brand and supporting the team ahead of the upcoming expansion to the UK.
Professor Jae-Gu Kim, Myongji University
Jae-Gu Kim is a former President of the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency.
Now Jae-Gu serves the Korean Presidential Committee as the vice chairman for the social economy committee and Korean National Advisory Board of Global Impact Investing Steering Group, as a member of the steering group. Jae-Gu is also the planning committee chairman of the promotion team for the Korean Social Value Wholesale Fund.
Jae-Gu is the Dean of Graduate School of Real Estate and has served as a professor of Business Administration at Myongji University since 2002.
All Jae-Gu’s degrees, from a bachelor’s to a doctorate, in Business Administration, was granted from Seoul National University. After that, he built his research career at the Korea Labour Institute and Stanford University.
Paula Woodman, Global Head of Social Enterprise, British Council
Paula leads the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme, which promotes the development of social enterprise and investment to help address entrenched social and environmental problems, build trust between the UK and other countries, and support more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous societies. Introduced in over 20 countries and delivered with the support of local and international partners, the programme works to improve the ecosystem that social enterprises face in their country including business development and finance, general awareness, as well as understanding from Government.
Paula has over 20 years of experience in enabling a more impactful business environment, including creating an evidence base, mainstreaming the agenda within education, and innovating in the area of ethical consumer labels. Paula has been awarded as a WISE100, recognising her achievements as a leader in the social enterprise movement. Paula is a visiting fellow at the University of London and sits on the steering group for ‘The Future of the Corporation’ challenge from the British Academy. Previously she co-founded a UK-wide social enterprise, as well as having led as a Director at a social enterprise infrastructure organisation.
Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle
Eric Lombardi is currently the Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Inc. (www.ecocycle.org) and has had a long career in resource conservation, social enterprise development and non-profit (NGO) organizational management since 1980. Eco-Cycle, founded in 1976, is considered a nationwide pioneer in the recycling industry and has grown under Lombardi’s tenure (starting in 1989) to become the largest community-based recycling organization in the United States with a staff of 60 and processing of nearly 50,000 tons of diverse recycled materials per year (2007). Lombardi is recognized as an authority on developing comprehensive community-based resource recovery programs and is often a keynote speaker and consultant on the social and technical aspects of creating a “Zero Waste – Or Darn Near” society.
Lombardi has experience both nationally and internationally as a project consultant, keynote speaker and workshop leader for government and private sector clients across the USA, and in New Zealand, England, France, Romania, American Samoa, Wales and Saipan (Commonwealth of Northern
Mariana Islands). His work in these countries has been diversified, covering specific topics such as the creation of community recycling facilities, the challenges of collecting and marketing “hard to recycle” materials such as electronic scrap, the rewards of the social enterprise NGO approach, the politics of growing community recycling programs, and the strategies for long-term recycling business survival.