- On 16/04/2020
In today’s societies, social entrepreneurship is implementing various enterprises. Young people are more and more involved in causes to bring help to others with their skills. Social entrepreneurship is important to face challenges by including valuable economic, environmental and social initiatives.
According to the OCDE, social entrepreneurship is “the entrepreneurship that has as main goal to address pressing social challenges and meet social needs in an innovative way while serving the general interest and common good for the benefit of the community. In a nutshell, social entrepreneurship targets to social impact primarily rather than profit maximisation in their effort to reach the most vulnerable groups and to contribute to inclusive and sustainable growth.”
In Italy, social entrepreneurship is well spread within SMEs from different sectors of activity, but always with the same purpose: to support others. Social Business Italia and Fondazione Grameen Italia are two organisations that are developing social entrepreneurship initiatives:
- Social Business Italia is a hub that gives the chance to Italian organisations which want to act against challenges faced in societies, to promote their social business initiatives and to meet other enterprises to collaborate. A well-known social action from Social Business Italia was an act for food called “Social Business for Zero Hunger”. This enterprise aims is to reduce poverty and find innovative actions to help citizens and societies in different domain such as health, education or access to technology.
- Fondazione Grameen Italia was born from the collaboration of the University of Bologna, UniCredit Foundation and Grameen Trust. Its goal is to deliver technical and relational support services to microcredit programs assignees. Thanks to this collaboration beneficiaries of the programs can have the opportunity to receive actions in different fields such as design, formation or research.
Across Europe, the concept of social entrepreneurship is also well developed.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition called for pledges to help Europeans with their digital skills to bring them initiatives and solutions to keep working and studying despite the COVID-19 emergency!
Organisation all over Europe had the opportunity to share their initiatives, and to bring forces by applying to this action! More than 300 initiatives have been collected over here: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/digital-skills-and-jobs-coalition-calls-pledges-address-surging-need-digital-skills-and?fbclid=IwAR1OM_-qJwIkuH3lFTg_dw6pDFTIYK-boguvzHJACB40dC6VoXwbtJDBX4I.
In these difficult times, with the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are developing companies with actions (with their funds and/or asking through global funds), that are specially meant to support people in need.
Social entrepreneurship can be developed by any enterprise that aims to create initiatives to have a social impact rather than profit.