The list, and accompanying survey-based report Corporate-Ready—How Corporations and Social Enterprises do Business Together to Drive Impact was created by international nonprofit impact investment fund Acumen. It showcases a diverse collection of established social enterprises, from a range of industries, that are ready to partner, collaborate and do business with corporations.
The report points out that “corporations, large and small, play a key role in creating a fairer and more equal world” and that “all sectors need to work together on our most pressing issues for a sustainable future. It continues: “engaging with social entrepreneurs that develop scalable business models to address social challenges can accelerate those efforts.”
The report dispels misconceptions about social enterprises relating to size, capabilities and capacity while case studies draw attention to successful partnering, illustrating how barriers between stakeholders can be overcome.
A key finding from the survey was that social enterprises have significant social impact that is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] and that they can “deliver concrete and measurable progress on corporate sustainability targets”.
The report was supported by IKEA Social Entrepreneurship, and developed in collaboration with members of the World Economic Forum’s COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs. The social enterprises featured were chosen because they are already selling to corporations and offering direct benefit to marginalised groups.
Part of DCU’s resource hub for social innovation and social entrepreneurship education, this project aims to “support educators in embedding social impact in their teaching, irrespective of discipline. In doing so, they can foster in their students the behaviour, skills, thinking and attitude in devising, testing and launching sustainable innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges.”
We are delighted to announce that David Coffey has joined our core staff team as General Operative. He will be working across our two commercial businesses, Speedpak Contract Services & E-fulfilment and Shamrock Rosettes.
David was previously a Speedpak trainee on labour market programmes, TÚS and Community Employment. During that time he achieved 8 QQI Level 4 modules, including: Work Experience; Product Packaging & Assembly; Workplace Safety; Maths; Career Planning; IT Skills; Communications & Personal Effectiveness – achieving the equivalent of the Leaving Certificate on the National Framework of Qualifications, in Workplace Learning.
Dedicated, hardworking, reliable, personable and open to learning, he will be a great addition to the team.
This role is part funded by the Government of Ireland through the Community Services Programme.
Monday 10th May 2021: Myra Gleeson of Coolock-based Near FM speaks with John P. Murphy, Chief Executive of Speedpak Group, who provides insight into how the organisation works locally to provide real commercial work and industry-led training opportunities for long-term unemployed people.
The interview provides a great overview into the workings of a modern social enterprise. It outlines how an organisation set up 25 years ago to address the significant local problem of long-term unemployment, has become a dynamic business successfully achieving a social mission. Collaboration with the local community, the State, philanthropic organisations, businesses community and its customers has been key to that success.
As part of Rethink Ireland‘s ‘Future Is Social’ campaign to raise awareness of social enterprises, John gives great examples of the impactful work of other local and national social enterprises.
In this interview, first broadcast on Tuesday 11th May 2021, Dublin City FM presenter Sam Assad speaks with John P. Murphy, Chief Executive of Speedpak Group and and Eoghan Ryan, Growth Fund Manager at Rethink Ireland about Rethink Ireland’s ‘Future is Social’ campaign and the role of social enterprises in a post-pandemic Ireland.
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