The Future of Employment
Holly Simmons, Bath 12/12/18
Entrepreneurs Society, University of Bath
As firms that reinvest or donate their profits to create positive social change, Social Enterprise UK defines social enterprises as ‘businesses which are set up to change the world’.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work at The Baobab Network. Sustainability and ethics lie at the core of our business; the company’s mission "to drive growth, innovation and investment across Africa" is not the meaningless output of a marketing project. It constitutes motivation for its workers. Despite corporates' tentatives to encompass social values via tick box CSR programmes, the real motivators within these companies continue to be financially oriented. Be it making profits for stakeholders, for owners or for yourself, the lack of genuine ethical and emotional motivators for the employee are, I believe, compromising worker effectiveness.
Social Enterprises are therefore…
The industry, albeit complex, is booming. It is evolving and ever-expanding with over 70,000 social enterprises employing over 1 million people in the UK alone and 47% of sector companies expecting to create new job roles during the next 12 months.
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