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.
This report published in 2017 captures the vibrant and dynamic growth of the social enterprise sector in Singapore. Developed by raiSE, the Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, the report presents findings developed from surveys of social enterprise across Singapore, other key stakeholders and the results of two public perception studies on social enterprise.
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.
This report documents the characteristics of Australian social enterprises, and explores the opportunities and challenges they face.
This report explores the challenges and opportunities for social procurement in Canada.
The U.K. Social Value Act is an example of a law aimed at encouraging those in commissioning, operational, and policymaking roles to consider social value in their specifications for services.
This legislation addresses procurement for public bodies and organisations in Scotland including sustainability requirements and the procedures by which public contracts are awarded.
This strategy developed by the Glasgow City Council in coordination with the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network and other key stakeholders is an example of a city developing a social enterprise strategy at the municipal level. In the case of Glasgow, Scotland, this strategy also complements a national strategy.
In 2019 the State Government developed a social enterprise strategy that primarily focused on three key areas: building capability and capacity, making connections, and improving market access.
Québec’s Action Plan supports their Social Economy Act. While the Action Plan is only available in French, the object of this Action Plan is to recognise the specific contribution of the social economy to the socio-economic development of Québec, in numerous sectors of activity and in all of Québec’s territories.
The Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy (MSES) is a co-constructed strategy developed by Manitoba’s social enterprise sector and the Province of Manitoba, which aims to grow the sector and create more first jobs, noting the value and opportunity presented by social enterprise.
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 strategy represents the start of a stronger partnership, which will see the social enterprise sector grow, diversify, and become more robust as social enterprises play a key role in building social cohesion in Victoria.
The Government’s Framework for Advancing Social Enterprise supports the vision of Nova Scotians for vibrant communities where individuals do not have to decide between doing business and helping people, but can instead leverage social enterprise as a tool to do both. To see this strategy in action, consider attending SEWF 2020 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This is the first government policy for social enterprise in the history of the State, which will enable social enterprise to grow in scale, support jobs, and make a positive impact on individuals and communities in both rural and urban areas.
Scotland’s current 3-year Action Plan is the first action plan that corresponds to their Ten Year Social Enterprise Strategy. The Action Plan operationalises many of the aspirations outlined in their Strategy.
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.
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.
This Social Enterprise Action Plan aims to support the development, expansion and enhancement of social enterprises that benefit Newfoundland and Labrador.
Through this Act, the Parliament of Québec recognises the way social economy enterprises have been contributing to the development and socioeconomic vitality of Québec since the mid-19th century and underscores their commitment the sector. The Act also mandates the creation of an action plan to fully support sector development.
This report from Social Traders in Australia captures the overwhelmingly positive experience of companies in procuring from social enterprises and other social-benefit suppliers.
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.