A social enterprise is a business that, rather than just focused on making money, tries to address a social problem.
It has a double bottom line — to be financially sustainable and to have a measurable impact on a societal issues such as poverty, health and the environment.
In this podcast, Rupert Scofield explores the challenges of starting, building and running a social enterprise. Guests include other social entrepreneurs and impact investors who share their insights and experience.
Katie Hill, Executive Director of B Lab UK, and Andrea Warriner, Head of Developing Talent at the Skoll Centre, join Rupert Scofield to discuss the latest trends in social enterprise. This episode: In the future, will all businesses go social? Is there a risk that some large corporations are merely ‘whitewashing’ their activities to make them appear social rather than adopting truly ethical practices? And, will the next generation of top graduates work for companies they do not believe are making a positive impact on the world?
What role can social enterprises play in improving the lives of women around the world? In this special episode of the show, entrepreneur Kresse Wesling MBE and Julia Rebholz, Managing Director of Ignite Social Enterprise, join Rupert Scofield to discuss whether women consumers have compelled businesses to become more social, the role that social enterprises can play in empowering women worldwide, and how to create a company culture that is welcoming to women.
Josh Spero, Editor of Spear’s magazine, and Christine Renier, co-founder of Nuva and Greedie Goddess, join Rupert Scofield to discuss the pressing issues in social enterprise. This episode: should brands partner with social enterprises? How can brands help communicate social messages to their customers? And should social enterprises look to alternative financing models, like impact investment, to raise funds?
Rupert Scofield is a social entrepreneur and an agricultural economist with over 40 years of experience in developing countries.
He is President, CEO and Co-founder of FINCA International, the founder and majority owner of 20 community-based microfinance institutions and banks across Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Rupert now leads FINCA International on the next leg of its journey: supporting the rise of social enterprises delivering basic service and financial innovation.
An expert on microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing, Rupert is an author, podcast presenter and frequent speaker, offering insights and guidance on market-based solutions to global poverty.