Who we are

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) is the leading organisation for the global social enterprise movement. We challenge failed economic models and build the movement by convening global and regional events, partnering with diverse organisations, and influencing policy dialogues.


SEWF was established in 2008 by a group of the world’s leading social enterprise agencies and networks. They still guide the organisation today, ensuring we reflect the priorities of tens of thousands of social enterprises around the world. Read more about our Board and partners.


SEWF has held events on every continent and our reach continues to grow in developed and emerging economies. In each host city, we work with partners to ensure the event has a strong local and global legacy.

Social enterprises and their needs sit at the heart of our events. The global and regional events are designed to build capacity, provide tangible skills, promote knowledge exchange, and foster critical social capital through networking and personal contact. This unique focus enables social enterprises to address complex social and environmental challenges, often in the most marginalised communities.

Partnership and advocacy

Addressing complex challenges requires global partnership. SEWF works with partners who share our vision for a fairer society. Partner with us to achieve lasting systems change as we collectively work for a more equitable world.

We also engage with policymakers to influence policy agendas and advocate for social enterprises. Our specific focus on rural economies and youth engagement within the movement allows us to elevate voices often excluded from policy discussions while strengthening the social enterprise movement.