How Corporations and Social Enterprises Do Business Together to Drive Impact

Sourcing from social enterprises offers corporations an opportunity to deliver on their impact goals and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world. But what does it take for social enterprises to be “corporate-ready,” and what impact do these business partnerships have?

This report, developed under the auspices of the World Economic Forum COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs and in partnership with IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, answers these questions and reveals the large untapped opportunity for corporations and social enterprises to do business together, with 100 examples of corporate-ready social enterprises.

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A companion report, The Social Procurement Manual, published by Yunus Social Business (YSB), provides case studies and practical tools for corporations that want to integrate social enterprises into corporate value chains.

This report is a collaboration between Acumen and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

The Power of Partnership

Transformational impact and value are created when social enterprises and corporations do business together. This video offers a glimpse into the power of these partnerships, featuring the unique perspectives of our project partners and the WEF COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs.

Corporate-Ready Social Enterprises

These social enterprises are a subset of the many incredible organizations that responded to Acumen’s corporate-readiness survey. Here you can find 100 diverse examples of social enterprises doing business with corporations across industries and geographies.

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Inclusive Business Playbook

Drawing on EY and Acumen’s diverse, global experience — the Playbook shares our learnings to help businesses advance inclusion of low-income and marginalized groups and build a new, more inclusive system of capitalism.

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