What is social enterprise?

Social Enterprise is an ethical and sustainable way of doing business that has a positive impact and benefit on society.

Social Enterprise is an ethical and sustainable way of doing business that has a positive impact and benefit on society.


Buy the Good Stuff

Social Enterprise is central to delivering social and economic change in Edinburgh.

Voluntary code of practice

Our full members meet the criteria set out in the Voluntary Code of Practice for Social Enterprise in Scotland.

Social Enterprises reinvest their profits into their social or environmental aims and some may also achieve their aims by the way in which they run their business, such as training and employment opportunities.

In Scotland a business is recognised as a social enterprise when it complies with the Code, this means that 100% of profits are reinvested into the business or go to a community of need.


Enabling change

When buying from a social enterprise you are supporting local businesses and the communities they represent. Social Enterprises are driven by a passion to improve the world we live in. Whether an individual’s cause is rooted in their community, focused on removing barriers to employment or seeking to tackle key environmental issues, collectively this determination to shape and change life and the economy is as inspirational as it is powerful. Social Enterprise not only delivers inclusive economic growth, it engenders a successful, vibrant democracy.

Scotland’s social enterprise sector is part of a global effort towards social change, one that recognises the need for a radically better way of organising the economy for the benefit of all.


Members’ Stories

Some of our members tell how they did it.

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