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.
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.
At Speedpak we are currently focussing on those parts of our commercial business that are deemed essential. We are proud to play a part in this national effort by helping to ensure working supply chains and distribution channels for disposable food trays and containers and for PPE equipment, with particular emphasis on the needs of the medical sector.
The safety of our staff and the wider community is paramount. As a consequence we are operating with reduced staff levels to ensure we can operate recommended social distancing in the workplace, while at the same time providing contract packing and fulfilment service to our customers.
We have facilitated home-working for those of our staff who undertake administration, finance, training and communications and we continue to provide support to our customers by email and telephone at 01 867 1707 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to work towards our strategic objectives to support our community by:
Maintaining regular contact and providing support to our 50 trainees on our labour market programmes, Community Employment & TÚS
Continuing to meet good governance requirements with Board and Sub Committee meetings being held remotely
Updating our partners – State, Corporate & Philanthropic Investors and Community on our activity and experience managing our way through this challenging period
Planning for post Covid-19. With unemployment set to reach 28% nationally, we’re planning on how we can provide over 100 work experience and training opportunities to people who have lost their jobs. We will offer industry led training and work experience to update their skills, maintain their confidence and self esteem and help them stay connected to the labour market until such time as more jobs are created in the economy.
It goes without saying that this is a difficult time for everyone. We greatly appreciate the hard work of our staff and the input from our customers, suppliers, neighbours, investors and industry partners.
We offer heartfelt thanks to all those people who are working so tirelessly in so many professions to protect the health and wellbeing of our communities.
Stay safe and stay well!
We have put the following procedures in place:
We have published a comprehensive and regularly-updated employee communications policy to ensure reliable, up-to-date information is provided to employees and to clarify procedures and policies around mitigating the risks associated with Covid-19 in accordance with Irish government, HSE and WHO guidelines.
We have identified all common touch points and have implemented a set of procedures for thoroughly and regularly sanitising these points.
We have posted a set of highly visible, strategically-placed information panels in our warehouses and in bathrooms to inform of good hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
We provide a sufficient supply of hand sanitisers, sanitiser stations, gloves, masks, paper towels and disinfectant materials.
In this short video, participants on our first Traineeship in Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Customer Service Logistics, explain how the programme had a positive and significant impact on their lives.
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