Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility
Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility means using ethical business or private sector approaches to create or expand market-oriented responses to social or environmental problems. Whether you are developing a micro-lending project for low-income teens in your community to start small businesses, implementing an Employee Volunteer Program, donating a percentage of your profits to a local organization, or starting a foundation at your company, you are involved in the Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility Pathway!
Some professions in this pathway include a risk manager at a microfinance organization, a social impact investment analyst, and a social compliance specialist/manager for a company.
There is a misconception that community engagement is limited to the nonprofit and public sector and to individuals. However, the private sector is a crucial part of responsible community engagement, and that is what makes Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility such an important and unique Pathway of Community Engagement. Key issues cannot fully be addressed if the private sector is not a part of the solution.
Learn More and Get Involved
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- BYU Ballard Center
- UVU Entrepreneurship: Social Innovation Challenge
- Westminster Social Impact Incubator
- Use your talents. Read tips on how to volunteer your business skills and browse organizations where you can use your skills to help an organization.
- Be thoughtful about knowing which companies are using ethical business practices and are engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility. World’s Most Ethical Companies, Corporate Research Project, and CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens.
- If you are a local business interested in starting an Employee Volunteer Program at your organization, sign up for UServeUtah’s newsletter or reach out to Jacob Johnson for more information about participating in UServeUtah’s Business Training.
- Learn more about becoming a changemaker through Ashoka’s Youth Venture.
- What does social entrepreneurship look like in action? Learn from Ashoka Fellows who are leading social entrepreneurs.
- Pledge 1% of product or 1% of employee time.
- Apply to the UServeUtah Youth Council if you are a 16-22 year-old Utahn interested in this pathway. You can create a project within this Pathway of Community Engagement to help your local community!