Partnering with social enterprises for scalability and impact


Characterised by innovation and purpose beyond profit, social enterprises use and adapt business strategies to advance positive social and environmental outcomes. Companies in Asia in turn are increasingly looking to invest time and resources in social enterprises, often time in a similar approach to how they would partner with not-for-profit and charitable organisations. But beyond charity, what are the opportunities for businesses to expand from traditional areas of CSR and grant-making towards incorporating new approaches like impact investing? How can companies look at a different engagement model with social enterprises that takes into account other business aspects such as longer term financial viability, scalability and profitability of the social enterprise in addition to meeting social goals? This session will share the existing landscape of social enterprises in Asia and will also include a short interactive workshop to equip organisations to expand their perspectives on partnering with social enterprises for scalability and impact.