How can social enterprise and inclusive business help build a better future for us all?

British Council, Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and the Social Enterprise Academy have designed a new learning programme to explore the role that social enterprise and inclusive business can play in building a better future for all.

The ‘Developing Effective Policies to Build the Impact Economy’ programme will take place December 2020 to May 2021 and includes an 8-module ‘FutureLearn’ programme that can be completed online in participants’ own time. The second part of the programme is a series of online learning programmes designed to create engagement and conversation on the topics, bringing the content to life within participants’ own country context.

The world is currently facing great change, a moment where we can pause to envision a greener, safer, more inclusive, connected and harmonious future. It’s clear that new ways of thinking and operating are needed. ‘Business as usual’ has the planet at breaking point and it’s imperative to now see a quantum leap in the speed and depth of change.

As yet, there is not the required infrastructure or eco-system for an alternative impact economy to thrive. For example, while the G20 recognises the contribution that inclusive business and social enterprise can make to greater inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, the policy and regulatory environments that would support this are often inadequate or non-existent (whether through a lack of understanding, resources and/or political will).

This results in social enterprises and inclusive businesses lacking access to the skills, finance and networks which would help them to grow their enterprises and social impact.

Effective government policy is a key enabler of social enterprise, inclusive business and other types of business that form the impact economy. This programme we will explore how best to put policy levers in place that support businesses who are proactively addressing the biggest challenges we face.

Jess Kemp, International Projects Manager at the Social Enterprise Academy said:

“We are pleased to be joining forces with British Council and SEUK to enable policy makers to understand how effective policy intervention can support inclusive businesses. The ultimate goal of such intervention is to enable businesses to address the SDGs and build a fairer, greener, more connected, harmonious and inclusive future.”

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