• Participating Agencies

    Check out the latest list of participating agencies that can access Language Line.Photograph of multiple buildings - depicting participating agencies

  • Social enterprise

    What is social enterprise?Image of hands

    A social enterprise is an organisation that uses business activities to support social, cultural or environmental objectives.

    A social enterprise operates like a business, but instead of distributing profits to shareholders or individuals, they are used for a social purpose, to support the organisation’s mission to benefit wider society or specific groups of people.

  • What is social enterprise?

    image of hands with coins in themA social enterprise is an organisation that seeks to tackle social, cultural or environmental challenges.  Like a traditional business, a social enterprise sells goods and services.  However, instead of profits being distributed to shareholders or individuals, they are used to support the organisation’s mission.

  • The Advantages of Social Enterprise

    Image of an Opportunity SignSocial enterprise can provide a range of benefits to organisations looking to address social, cultural or environmental challenges.

  • The challenges of social enterprise

    Image of Hands holding hands in a squareIt takes time, skill, and considerable effort to build a profit-generating organisation. The reality is, like traditional businesses, a lot of social enterprises will fail.

  • Social enterprise in New Zealand

    Image of thumbs raised up in the airIn 2012 the Department of Internal Affairs conducted a survey of social enterprises (PDF - 539k). Over 400 organisations responded, providing us with an indicative snap-shot of the sector. (Department of Internal Affairs, Jan 2013)

  • Social enterprise around the world

    AustraliaImage of hands holding the world up

    In 2009, the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (at the Queensland University of Technology) and Social Traders Ltd carried out a research project called Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES). The project included a survey of 365 social enterprises.