Today is ‘Social Enterprise Day’, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Evenbreak is proud to be a social enterprise. But what does it mean?
Well, a social enterprise is the same as any other business, but with two important differences:
- It exists to make the world a better place – socially, environmentally or both
- Most or all of its profits are invested or donated into its social mission
In our case, we exist to make the world of work inclusive so that disabled people enjoy the same opportunities to contribute and thrive as non-disabled people. 100% of our profits/surplus are re-invested in this mission.
Why should organisations include social enterprises in their supply chain?
- Double the value – you buy a great product or service that you need, and at the same time you are contributing to a social cause or reducing your environmental footprint (or both)
- Social entrepreneurs are innovative, creative and inclusive – your organisation can benefit from all of that
- Social enterprises are agile, and committed to ensuring you receive a great product or service – you won’t be ‘just another customer’; you will be important to them
- The cost of products or services provided by social enterprises is usually competitive (even without factoring in the double value already mentioned)
- Your organisation demonstrates its values and purpose to your customers
Many employers are already reaping these rewards. The Buy Social Corporate Challenge, led by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, was launched in Downing Street in April 2016. More than twenty partners are already involved across a diversity of sectors, including Amey, Deloitte, PwC and Wates.
The premise is simple – if businesses need to spend money on products and services, why not spend that money in a way that maximises the positive impact on society?
We feel there are many, many reasons to buy from Evenbreak, and the fact we are a social enterprise is but one of them.
If you would like to learn more about our status as a social enterprise, please contact us!