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    1. 1. Social Enterprises and Social Accounting Advanced Commissioning Course Regional Learning Group 21st May 2008 Julie Harris, Chief Executive
    2. 2. <ul><li>Copy of this presentation – </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>“ Social enterprises are profit-making businesses set up to tackle a social or environmental need. ” </li></ul><ul><li>Social Enterprise Coalition </li></ul>What is a Social Enterprise? ‘ Social enterprises are businesses with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners.' DTI : Social Enterprise: a strategy for success 2001
    4. 4. <ul><li>Who do they benefit? </li></ul><ul><li>Communities – local, regional, national, international, COI, online, specialist, economy ( e.g. community enterprise, development trusts, co-ops) </li></ul><ul><li>People – staff and volunteers, clients, organisations, wider society, economy </li></ul><ul><li>Environment – working on triple-bottom-line : financial, social and environmental benefits </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>Social Enterprise Examples (South West) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>COSMIC – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eden – </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mid Devon Community Recycling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Devon Doctors - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Co-operative Group SW - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zebra Collective - </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Setting up Social Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Mission : a business with social benefits (+ environmental) </li></ul><ul><li>Values – clear ethos </li></ul><ul><li>Social Objectives – clear and smart </li></ul><ul><li>Social Accounts – be accountable! </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Structure – Ltd Co., Charity, CIC, Co-op, Trust, Community Business </li></ul><ul><li>But most of all …. People and Passion – skills and motivation to make a difference! </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>COSMIC as a Social Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Strong sense of ethos and values </li></ul><ul><li>Social objectives – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop and provide a wide range of high quality ICT training and support to those people who need it most </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To help local organisations and businesses make the most of ICT for economic and social benefit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide high quality local employment and to be a good employer with a supportive structure in a productive working environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To develop and implement ethical working practices in all areas of our operation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social accounts – audited and published, continuous involvement of stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Annual review of strategy and business plans </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Social Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>“ Social Accounting and Audit is a process to create a flexible framework which enables your organisation – </li></ul><ul><li>to account fully for its social, environmental and economic impact </li></ul><ul><li>to report on its performance and </li></ul><ul><li>to provide the information essential for planning future action and improving performance. “ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>PROVE and IMPROVE! </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>Social Accounting </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting on performance against social objectives, mission, values </li></ul><ul><li>Full stakeholder consultation and involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Business improvement – internal reflection/learning </li></ul><ul><li>Social Audit Panel – independent verification </li></ul><ul><li>Publication and promotion </li></ul>
    10. 10. <ul><li>Social Accounting Principles </li></ul><ul><li>Social accounting should engage with and reflect the opinions of a wide variety of people - key stakeholders ( multi-perspective ). </li></ul><ul><li>Social accounting should cover all the activities of the social enterprise or organisation ( comprehensive ). </li></ul><ul><li>The organisation should be able to compare its performance over time and also against similar organisations ( comparative ). </li></ul><ul><li>It should be undertaken regularly and become embedded in the running of the social enterprise or organisation ( regular). </li></ul><ul><li>The Social Accounts should be checked (audited) by an independent social audit panel ( verified ). </li></ul><ul><li>The findings of the audited Social Accounts should be widely circulated and discussed ( disclosed ). </li></ul>
    11. 11. <ul><li>Social Accounting – Examples </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Social Accounting – further information </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> (Exeter-based) </li></ul>
    13. 13. <ul><li>Social Enterprise Mark </li></ul><ul><li>South West initiative (but with national potential) </li></ul><ul><li>Three year pilot </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a strong brand for Social Enterprises </li></ul><ul><li>Raise public awareness and inform ethical purchasing decisions in organisations and individuals </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Social Enterprise Ambassadors </li></ul><ul><li>There are 30 ambassadors across UK </li></ul><ul><li>Experienced and inspirational people who lead social enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the use of business to tackle social and/or environmental issues. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    15. 15. Contact Details <ul><li>COSMIC </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Julie Harris, Chief Executive </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>RISE </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>w </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Ambassadors Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- more about me! </li></ul></ul>