4 responses to “What Is NOT a Social Enterprise”

  1. Thank you for posting. We will use these definitions to educate. Go SE!

  2. Interesting article but more confusing than clarifying, perhas even a bit self-serving. Social Enterprises are companies, L3C is a limited profit company, one whose primary goal is to benefit society with profit as a side effect. If SEs are companies, what is the difference between and SE company and an SE Service Provider (as indicaated in the article)?

  3. Thank you for your thoughts. I am trying to think more clearly about my work with regard to social enterprise. You said that consultants are SEs only in rare cases. I have two identities–one as a diversity consultant (I help organizations become more diversity-friendly places to work). I am also the (unpaid) Executive Director of a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster inclusion in workplaces and communities. I want to be a full-time, paid Executive Director by combining my consulting work and my non-profit work. Would you consider this a SE? Are there any down-sides to organizing as a non-proft rather than a consultant?
    Thank you,
    Chad Beyer
    Grand Rapids, MI

  4. I asked Jim McClurg former Pres. of SEA what a social enterprise was and he said that it was a nonprofit that generated significant or all earned income. Following a triple or quadruple bottom line, in other words helping the outside community, environment, and the organizations’s own employees was not part of his definition. That is not to say that Jim was unconcerned about the community and the welfare of his employees. However, I submit that an organization that has a social mission, operates enterprises, but does not treat its own employees well i.e., is not concerned about the welfare and growth of its own workers, is not a “social enterprise”