Value led, market driven: Social enterprise solutions to public policy goals (2001)
This 2001 report from the Institute of Public Policy Research explores the many possibilities of soc ially-oriented enterprise and some of their opportunities and barriers to development.
Social enterprises - organisations that trade in markets primarily to achieve social aims - can help achieve a variety of public interest goals, and are already providing some interesting innovations in this area.
For example, they can be part of a full employment strategy, since they are able to provide ways of increasing employability and creating appropriate employment for those who may find it hard to work in mainstream business or for whom there are few job opportunities. They may also alter mainstream business behaviour by demonstrating the viability of otherwise underserved markets.