Social enterprises are purpose-driven organisations that trade to deliver positive social, cultural and environmental impact. They are often profit-making businesses, but they reinvest profit in their purpose. A good way to think about them is that they have the ‘mind of a business and the heart of a charity’. Read more about the term social enterprise, or see some examples below.
Video case studies
Meet three impressive social enterprises; Stay Native, Wellington Zoo and the Formary. These three video case studies were produced in the lead up to the Social Enterprise World Forum in 2018.
Meet some social enterprises
Over the years we’ve had the privilege to meet and work with many different social enterprises, each doing inspiring work to make as much positive impact as possible. Our diverse sector is always growing with over 3500 social enterprises in New Zealand and counting! Here is a small selection of social enterprises we’ve worked with recently.
Case studies on The Impact Initiative
For case studies about some of the other inspiring social enterprises in Aotearoa, visit The Impact Initiative website. The Impact Initiative website is the home of the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme, the three-year partnership between Ākina and the Department of Internal Affairs on behalf of the Government. The goal of the programme is to create the conditions for a thriving social enterprise sector. The programme is supported in partnership through the Community Enterprise Network Trust (CENT).