What is Social Enterprise?

Social Enterprises are organisations that use the tools of business to address social or environmental problems. In NZ, these can include traditional business, not-for-profit and charitable organisations, cooperatives, and community groups. The defining features of social enterprises are:
  • Exist primarily to ‘do good’ (often called ‘purpose-driven’)
  • The majority of revenue comes from selling goods or services (rather than grants or donations)
  • The majority of profit is reinvested into doing good (rather than distributed to private shareholders)
If you’d like to learn more or get some support with your social enterprise or social enterprise idea, you can contact the Ākina Foundation through their website