how to Explore social enterprise, CSR and sustainability

 1. Get inspired about purpose driven careers

Creating Shared Value argues that addressing societal harms and constraints does not necessarily raise costs for firms, because they can innovate through using new technologies, operating methods, and management approaches

Seth Godin on tribes argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.


Regeneration roadmap is a collection of resources from the Guardian all about sustainability.

The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson charts the hard data on economic inequality, and shows what gets worse when rich and poor are too far apart: real effects on health, lifespan, even such basic values as trust.


The League of Intrapreneurs asks what exactly is a social intrapreneur, and why are they so vital to the future of business and our planet?

2. Find a programme, community or network

On Purpose

On Purpose equips high-flying professionals with the experience, skills and networks to launch a career combining the power of business with social and environmental objectives in a one year, full-time programme.


Business Fights Poverty provides its members with targeted online and face-to-face peer-to-peer engagement and hot-off-the-press, mission-critical knowledge. helps you make connections before, during and after an MBA. It covers jobs with social and environmental impact too.

Social Enterprise UK is the UK body for social enterprise - business with a social or environmental mission. We support business where society profits.

Social Innovation Exchange inspires, connects and supports social innovators, bringing together a variety of players to create an environment that helps social innovation to flourish.

80000 Hours provides great coaching and resources to help you find the careers and causes where you can make the most difference. 

Net Impact is a nonprofit inspiring, educating, and equipping individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

The Finance Lab aims to incubate and accelerate new forms of prosperity, for people and planet.

Oxford Jam is the fringe social enterprise festival that happens every year at the same time as the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

MakeSense turns your talents, skills and connections into unique superpowers to solve challenges of Social Entrepreneurs

GoodPeople helps you connect with amazing people who are passionate about your cause

Hub Westminster is a co-working space dedicated to helping entrepreneurs & change makers drive the impact economy.

3. Read books on interesting international careers

Careers without Borders by C. Reis  is a heavy- going but rewarding book on the challenges, debates and developments in global careers




The United Nations – an Introduction by Sven Bernhard Gareis provides a systematic introduction to the main areas of activity of the United Nations today.




The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers by Steven Joiner and Meg Busse is a readable book that provides an international perspective.



Oxford University has some great guides to international development.

4. For the numerate, research social finance

UnLtd is a charity which supports social entrepreneurs by providing seed funding (starting at £2000) and support. A major funder with an endowment of £100 million, the income from which is used to fund UnLtd Awards and the Fellowship


Bridges Ventures A sustainable growth investor whose commercial expertise is used to deliver both financial returns and social and environmental benefits

CAF Venturesome provides affordable loans (25K to 250K) to charities, social enterprises and community groups when grants may not be available and access to traditional financial institutions is difficult

:A social investment bank to help enable the third sector to respond to society's needs by facilitating greater access to investment. Pioneers of the social impact bond.

The Acumen Fund is a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty

Clearly So - A matching service for funding and, amongst other things, a useful directory of Social Enterprises

UKSIF  is the membership network for sustainable and responsible financial services

The Impetus Trust uses a venture philanthropy model to accelerate the growth of selected charities and social enterprises

5. Find Social Entrepreneurial support organisations if you're entrepreneurial or want to be around entrepreneurs  

Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs

Bright IdeasTrust package of business support to 16-30 year old NEETs or socially excluded groups looking to start their own business

Business Link is government's online resource for businesses.  The model’s under review, but at the moment all resources are free

CAN Mezzanine provide business support and capital as well as running office spaces

Emerge Venture Lab providing high impact mentoring and seed capital to ed tech ventures 

Entrepreneur First recruits youngish people, often pre-team and pre-idea, and support them to build high-growth tech start-ups in London.

New Entrepreneurs Foundation equip young, aspiring entrepreneurs with hands-on experience, skills and networks to build scalable businesses through a 12 month, full time programme.


Ogunte help women social entrepreneurs make a positive impact on people and planet, by enabling them to learn, lead and connect.

Shell Foundation’s mission is to develop, scale-up and promote enterprise-based solutions to the challenges arising from the impact of energy and globalisation on poverty and the environment. 

School for social Ent

School for Social Entrepreneurs provides training and opportunities to enable people use their creative and entrepreneurial abilities more fully for social benefit.

The Unreasonable Institute brings entrepreneurs together to live under the same roof for 5 weeks, where they connect with mentors, investors, and a lasting global network of support.

UnLtd is the place to apply for start-up SE funding.

6. Research CSR to understand the impact the corporates can have

BSR works with its global network of companies to develop sustainable business

Business Fights Poverty online community for business and development, connecting over 10,000 professionals

Business in the Community business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice with a membership of over 850 companies

Convergence CSR discussion group

CSR wire US focused corporate social responsibility and sustainability news

Ethical Corporation monthly global business publication providing corporate social, environmental, and financial responsibility news

Forum for the Future is a non-profit organisation working globally with business and government to create a sustainable future provides business news and tools focused on sustainability and business success

JustMeans is a one stop solution to distribute CSR News & Media.

7. Get involved in social problem solving and build your network

Good for Nothing creative collaboration gig bringing together causes with a collective of thinkers, doers applying their day job skills to do some good for nothing

Make Sense is an open project which challenges people for social business.  Stephanie Denamps Gomez (2011) is heavily involved in this

Open Ideo A global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good

Random Hacks of kindness is a global community of innovators building practical open technology to make the world a better place

Social Innovation Camp brings together ideas, people and digital tools to build web-based solutions to social problems – all in just 48 hours

Finance Innovation Lab

The Finance Innovation Lab an open environment in which people can come together to explore, innovate and evolve the financial system, so that it sustains people and planet

8. Find or provide pro bono professional services

Bulldog Trust financial and advisory assistance to charities for over 25 years

ProHelp a national network of over 800 professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their local community by providing free advice

The Company members are involved in providing pro-bono services to develop charities and executives.  It typically deals with issues of financial skills, global competitiveness and organisational success.  The Company has a very close association with the Sir John Cass Business School.