The social enterprise sector—where for-profit businesses solve pressing human, environmental and economic challenges—is growing fast, thanks to increased interest from consumers, entrepreneurs and investors. These advocates expect social enterprise, by harnessing the capital and scale of business to do-gooding, to shape our future for the better. In this special report, GOOD has curated our investigations into the companies, people, successes and failures in the sector.
GOOD correspondents report on the work of social entrepreneurs in Africa, India and South America who are shaping their emerging economies, and companies in the United States working to lift legal restrictions on impact-focused business who want to include sustainability and social responsibility in their founding principles. In 2011, we saw social innovators doing everything from supporting the Arab Spring and building new models of finance.