What is social entrepreneurship?

For DOEN, this is doing business in a fair and socially responsible manner for both people and planet. Social entrepreneurs are committed to economic and social participation of vulnerable people in society. They are committed to empower people who struggle to find a job, for instance people with a disability or immigrants.

Regrettably, inclusion is still not the standard. However, DOEN strives for a society in which everyone can participate. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to actively participate. Unfortunately, still too many people remain on the sidelines. They often lack education, qualifications or a (social) network. Also people experience obstacles because of mental or physical disabilities, which prevent them from fully participating in today’s complex society. Social firms provide these people with the opportunity to get back on board.
Would you like to see what kind of enterprises DOEN supports? Check out these examples:

So much talent is inactive
Koeckebackers works with young adults who have difficulty finding a paid job. They participate in a development program in the bakery or the bar. This increases their opportunities on the job market. “How is it possible that so much talent is on the bench, not employed, but could have a valuable role in the labour market,” asked Joep Lange, one of the founders. “We dream of a world in which everyone is free to be who they are and talent gets valued.”

The importance of a paid job
About three-quarters of the people with autism does not have a paid job. This is because they often are not understood in the workplace. Addy Borst, CEO of Carapax IT, wants to offer people with autism a place to work: “They are entitled to a place in society and having a paid job is an important part of that.” The enterprise has a wide-ranging offer of business services and aims to remove clients’ doubts to involve people with autism.

Flower Family; Flowering a better world!
Flower Family wants to show the world that you can set up a healthy company in a social and sustainable way, also in the floral industry. Flower Family offers individual customers and businesses flower subscriptions, made out of fresh seasonal and sustainably grown flowers. The bouquets are assembled at the Flower Factory in Aalsmeer, where people who struggle to find a job are offered a paid job. This allows them to improve themselves both personally and professionally and build a social network

A few other examples

Social entrepreneurship and inclusion
Are you a social entrepreneur who thinks in terms of possible solutions rather than problems? Is your firm focused on social participation of vulnerable groups of people in society? And is your firm, apart from their social objectives, financially sound with a revenue model in place? In that case we would like to get in touch !

Applying to DOEN?
Please first read the criteria of the Social Firms programme. 
If you would like to find out more or have a question, send an e-mail to Karin Hoekstra, Team officer, karin@doen.nl

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