Resource Library

In this resource library you’ll find examples of social enterprise policies, strategies, and studies that capture national, regional, and local action on social enterprise development. This list is not exhaustive, but is intended to capture the essence of the vast policy developments and research around the world that is advancing the social enterprise movement.

Social Enterprise in Scotland – Census 2019

DATE: 04/09/2019 TYPE: PDF SIZE: 6 MB

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Since 2015 Scotland has conducted a national social enterprise census to understand the evolution and needs of the sector. This census is used to directly inform policy and particularly the operationalisation of Scotland’s Social Enterprise strategy through action plans. The 2015, 2017, and 2019 Census documents and their summaries can be found here.

Hidden Revolution – Size and Scale of Social Enterprise in UK

DATE: 19/09/2018 TYPE: PDF SIZE: 4 MB

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The Hidden Revolution report shows that social enterprises contribute £60 billion to UK GDP compared to the previous estimate of £24 billion. Furthermore, there are over 100,000 social enterprises in the country, employing 2 million people. In total the sector accounts for 3% of UK GDP – that’s 3 times bigger than agriculture.

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

DATE: 01/03/2018 TYPE: PDF SIZE: 1 MB

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This report improves understanding of the influence of municipalities on the development of social enterprises. It also explores the ways in which municipalities can more effectively encourage the development of social enterprises.

Social Enterprise Mapping Project – Victoria, Australia

DATE: 12/11/2017 TYPE: PDF SIZE: 5 MB

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This report was commissioned as part of the implementation of the Social Enterprise Strategy and provides the first ever baseline analysis of social enterprises in Victoria, with a particular focus on the size of the social enterprise population, its characteristics, and impacts.

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

DATE: 20/05/2017 TYPE: PDF SIZE: 3 MB

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