British Council | Social Enterprise

British Council

What are social enterprises?

Social enterprises are businesses that tackle social and environmental problems. They create jobs and generate income like other businesses, but instead of channelling their profits to owners they reinvest them to support their social mission. In doing so, they are improving people’s lives in our communities and societies.

About Our Work

The British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme draws on the UK’s expertise. It is currently running in 29 countries and on four continents and aims to support the development of social enterprise and social investment in the UK and other countries and share best practice and create opportunities between them.

We build capacity in the sector, forge international networks, and support policy leaders to create ecosystems in which social enterprise and social investment can thrive. Our work supports positive social change, inclusive growth and sustainable development while building trust and creating opportunities between the UK and other countries.