Enactus UK Celebrates Social Saturday – pushing for a more equal society through business

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Every time time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want
— Anna Lappé

Enactus UK a social enterprise based in the UK and along with our 61 teams we will be celebrating Social Saturday on 13 October – a nationwide campaign designed to raise awareness about those businesses which are doing business differently, putting people and communities first.

There are over 80,000 social enterprises in the UK – businesses which trade to meet a social or environmental purpose and which reinvest the majority of their profits back towards meeting their social mission.

Our mission in the United Kingdom is to be recognised as a leader in developing a national network of socially-minded young leaders of the future who transform communities and society through real life social action and environmentally responsible enterprise. Who develop social enterprises which tackle all of the UN’s sustainable development goals to move us towards a better future. The social conscious developed as students stays with them after graduation and through to their future careers, whether that is continuing to develop their social enterprises or in the corporate world.

The campaign, organised by Social Enterprise UK, the membership body for social enterprises and supported by the Coop and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport shines a spotlight on these organisations which are operating across the economy – delivering goods and services from consumer products to public transport, housing, health and social care.

This year we have teams who sell products made as part of their social enterprises on the Social Saturday site or listed as open on the social map, and are encouraging our network to buy social! At Enactus UK, we believe that social enterprise is the future of business and that spreading the message that you can make the world a more sustainable place by making a conscious decision to buy sustainable and support the growth of social enterprises.

Peter Holbrook CBE, CEO of Social Enterprise UK, said:

“Social enterprises are creating equality through business– they are offering quality goods and services but are set up in a way that directly addresses some of the biggest social and environmental issues we face. Whether its opening the creative industries to new talent, creating meaningful work for ex-offenders or providing office essentials such as stationary or water coolers which fund vital development work abroad – there are social enterprise alternatives out there which show that there can be more to business than just the bottom line.

Through buying from social enterprises businesses can make their money go further, using their everyday spend to transform lives, protect the environment and benefit the communities they work in. We urge all businesses to use their purchasing power to support this growing movement of business for good, it is not just the right thing to do, it makes business sense as well.”

To find out more about Social Saturday and how you can support social enterprises visit www.socialsaturday.org.uk

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