Resource Library

In this resource library you will find examples of social enterprise policies, strategies, and studies that capture national, regional, and local action on social enterprise development. This is the most extensive collection of social enterprise resources globally and the collection is always expanding.

Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community

Social Enterprises as Influencers of the Broader Business Community

A report from SENL on how social enterprises can lead the way toward a new economy.

  • Date: 10/11/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Transforming Wales through Social Enterprise: 10-Year Vision and Action Plan

Transforming Wales through Social Enterprise: 10-Year Vision and Action Plan

Outlines the potential of social enterprise to address the climate crisis and help rebuild in the wake of COVID-19.

  • Date: 15/07/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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COVID-19 and the Impact on Social Enterprises in Wales

COVID-19 and the Impact on Social Enterprises in Wales

The report identifies the following social enterprise responses: survival, hibernation, diversification, transformation and collaboration.

  • Date: 29/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 8 MB
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Roadmap to Recovery and Regeneration post COVID-19

Roadmap to Recovery and Regeneration post COVID-19

This research report from the Yunus Centre at Griffith University in Australia outlines a few approaches communities may want to explore as we begin recovery and rebuilding.

  • Date: 28/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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Building New Zealand’s Impact Economy

Building New Zealand’s Impact Economy

The report includes plans for economic recovery post lockdown that addresses poverty, inequality and climate change.

  • Date: 12/05/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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Social Enterprise and COVID-19

Social Enterprise and COVID-19

This report from SEUK explains findings on the specific needs of UK social enterprises and how they were responding to COVID-19.

  • Date: 28/04/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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COVID-19 and Social Enterprise in Scotland

COVID-19 and Social Enterprise in Scotland

This report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on 250 SES members and includes data from Scotland’s census and Third Sector Resilience Fund.

  • Date: 17/04/2020
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 271 KB
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Analyzing the Success Factors of Best Practices in the Korean Social Economy

Analyzing the Success Factors of Best Practices in the Korean Social Economy

This report from the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency examines 10 social economy enterprises, provides recommendations to continue developing Korea’s social economy.

  • Date: 01/11/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Social Enterprise in Scotland – Census 2019

Social Enterprise in Scotland – Census 2019

This census is used to inform policy and Scotland’s social enterprise action plans. The 2015, 2017, and 2019 Census documents and their summaries can be found here.

  • Date: 04/09/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy

Queensland Social Enterprise Strategy

Focused on three key areas: building capability and capacity, making connections, and improving market access.

  • Date: 01/08/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland

National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland

Based on 3 pillars: building awareness of social enterprise, growing and strengthening social enterprise and achieving better policy alignment.

  • Date: 31/07/2019
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Hidden Revolution – Size and Scale of Social Enterprise in UK

Hidden Revolution – Size and Scale of Social Enterprise in UK

The report shows that 100,000 social enterprises employ 2 million people and contribute £60 billion to (3% of) UK GDP.

  • Date: 19/09/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 4 MB
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Glasgow City Social Enterprise Strategy

Glasgow City Social Enterprise Strategy

Example of a municipal level strategy that complements an overarching national strategy.

  • Date: 10/09/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 878 KB
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Québec Social Economy Act

Québec Social Economy Act

The Act recognises the historic contribution of social economy enterprises to the province and commits to develop an action plan to support the sector.

  • Date: 01/06/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 154 KB
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Newfoundland and Labrador Social Enterprise Strategy

Newfoundland and Labrador Social Enterprise Strategy

This Social Enterprise Action Plan aims to support the development, expansion and enhancement of social enterprises.

  • Date: 30/05/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Early Opportunities: Cooperation Between Social Enterprises and Municipalities in the Netherlands

Early Opportunities: Cooperation Between Social Enterprises and Municipalities in the Netherlands

This report explores the ways municipalities can more effectively encourage the development of social enterprises.

  • Date: 01/03/2018
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Social Enterprise Mapping Project – Victoria, Australia

Social Enterprise Mapping Project – Victoria, Australia

Commissioned as part Victoria’s Social Enterprise Strategy, this report provides the first baseline analysis of social enterprises in the state, focusing on size, characteristics and impacts.

  • Date: 12/11/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 5 MB
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Social Enterprise Eco-systems in South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Countries

Social Enterprise Eco-systems in South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Countries

This study analyses the SE landscape and related ecosystems of seven SAARC countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

  • Date: 20/05/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 3 MB
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The State of Social Enterprise in Singapore

The State of Social Enterprise in Singapore

The report presents findings developed from surveys of social enterprises, other key stakeholders and the results of two public perception studies on social enterprise.

  • Date: 01/05/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales

Mapping the Social Business Sector in Wales

This report describes the social business sector in Wales following a survey of almost half (48%) of the businesses operating in the sector.

  • Date: 27/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 4 MB
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Nova Scotia’s Social Enterprise Framework

Nova Scotia’s Social Enterprise Framework

This Framework supports Nova Scotia’s vision for vibrant communities where individuals do not have to decide between doing business and helping people.

  • Date: 12/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 8 MB
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Nova Scotia Social Enterprise Sector Strategy 2017

Nova Scotia Social Enterprise Sector Strategy 2017

This strategy concretely supports the official Framework for Advancing Social Enterprise in Nova Scotia.

  • Date: 12/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 2 MB
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Scotland’s first 3-Year Social Enterprise Action Plan

Scotland’s first 3-Year Social Enterprise Action Plan

Outlines actions around 3 priorities: stimulating social enterprise, developing stronger organisations and realizing market opportunity.

  • Date: 01/04/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 555 KB
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Victoria State Government Social Enterprise Strategy

Victoria State Government Social Enterprise Strategy

This strategy supports sector growth and diversity to facilitate the key role social enterprise plays in building social cohesion in Victoria.

  • Date: 01/02/2017
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 840 KB
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Internationalising Social Enterprise in Scotland

Internationalising Social Enterprise in Scotland

This co-produced document sets out the Scottish Government’s ambitions for international excellence, leadership and impact in the social enterprise field.

  • Date: 30/09/2016
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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Scotland’s Ten Year Social Enterprise Strategy

Scotland’s Ten Year Social Enterprise Strategy

Perhaps the first national strategy co-produced in this manner, it positions social enterprise within Scotland’s Economic Strategy.

  • Date: 13/09/2016
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 3 MB
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Québec’s Social Economy Action Plan

Québec’s Social Economy Action Plan

The Action Plan is only available in French. It recognises the specific contribution of the social economy to the socio-economic development of Québec.

  • Date: 01/05/2015
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 9 MB
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Manitoba’s Social Enterprise Strategy

Manitoba’s Social Enterprise Strategy

This co-constructed strategy aims to grow the sector and create more jobs, noting the value and opportunity presented by social enterprise.

  • Date: 01/02/2015
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 275 KB
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Scotland’s Procurement Reform Act

Scotland’s Procurement Reform Act

This legislation addresses procurement for public bodies/organisations including procedures for awarding public contracts and sustainability requirements.

  • Date: 17/06/2014
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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Exploring Social Procurement in Canada Report

Exploring Social Procurement in Canada Report

This report outlines key recommendations for both suppliers and purchasers interested in social procurement.

  • Date: 01/03/2014
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 598 KB
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Corporate Social Procurement in Australia

Corporate Social Procurement in Australia

his report highlights the corporate social procurement experience with employment-focused social enterprises.

  • Date: 25/08/2013
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 6 MB
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United Kingdom Social Value Act

United Kingdom Social Value Act

This law encourages those in commissioning, operational and policymaking roles to consider social value in their specifications for services.

  • Date: 01/03/2012
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 255 KB
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Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector

Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector

This report documents the characteristics of Australian social enterprises and explores the opportunities and challenges they face.

  • Date: 01/06/2010
  • Type: pdf
  • Size: 1 MB
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