Companies can support or invest in social entrepreneurship in three main ways, all of which can also create benefits for the company:
* Through investing in social entrepreneurs and their organisation - either as a part of their core business operations in different parts of the value chain, or through their community investment activities.
* By engaging in public policy dialogue, advocacy, and institution building in order to create an enabling environment for social enterprise.
* By creating better internal climates, for example by encouraging employees to be innovative in developing new business models, products and services that combine profitable business opportunities with social or environmental solutions.
For more information and to find examples of how business and social entrepreneurs have worked together, read the report Harnessing potential: Why it makes sense for your business to work with social entrepreneurs published by IBLF.
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