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.
In this report, the Ākina Foundation outlines a path New Zealand can take to truly establish an impact economy. The report includes definitions and plans for how it is equally possible to recover from poverty, inequality, and focus on pressing issues like climate change while New Zealand’s economy recovers from lockdown. In fact, this more comprehensive approach might be more than just possible; it might be essential.
This report from Social Enterprise UK sets out findings from initial data from SEUK members and social enterprises more widely that explains how social enterprises have been responding since the COVID-19 crisis hit in February 2020. It also details many ongoing needs and challenges social enterprises are specifically facing.
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.
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.
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.