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Social benefits described

In our definition of social business we talk about the social benefits of a company. We have categorised all 3752 of our businesses by this list of 26 social benefits, but what are they all?

We frequently revise these benefits and update them - please let us know if you think we have missed something.

Animal rights and welfare

Animal rights and welfare

Businesses with a focus on animal husbandry and the wellbeing of animals: includes all companies focused on not testing on animals, companies that produce and supply vegan products. Also includes organic companies.

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Awareness and advocacy

Awareness and advocacy

Businesses that raise awareness of social and environmental issues and/or advocate change in these fields. Businesses in this category tend to be consumer/public facing. Consultancy businesses may be found in education.

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Charity and social enterprise support

Charity and social enterprise support

Businesses that provide services to charities and social businesses and enterprises (SBEs) that help them achieve their objectives.

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Children and young people

Children and young people

Business focused on protecting children’s rights and improving their health and welfare.

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Climate change

Climate change

Businesses that advise, enable, or facilitate carbon footprint reduction through significant increases in energy efficiency and/or the take-up of renewable energy.

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Community development

Community development

Businesses that empower individuals and groups within communities by working directly with them to effect change; businesses that promote social cohesion.

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Developing countries

Developing countries

Businesses that, through their activities, raise living standards and quality of life in developing countries.

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Disabled people

Disabled people

Businesses that provide services, employment and training; to improve the quality of life of those living with a disability.

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Education

Education

Businesses that provide education and education resources (including those businesses that provide services and facilities for people with special needs).

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Elderly

Elderly

Businesses that provide services, employment and training to the elderly, with the aim of improving quality of life.

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Employee rights and welfare

Employee rights and welfare

Businesses that promote and protect workers’ rights (this category includes companies that are employee owned).

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Employment

Employment

Businesses that provide employment in areas with historically high unemployment rates; businesses that help the long-term unemployed find jobs through training and support.

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Ethical finance and investment

Ethical finance and investment

Businesses that provide services, loans and/or investment to companies or individuals for social and environmental benefit and profit.

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Forest conservation

Forest conservation

Businesses that regenerate woodland, promote woodland stewardship and/or manufacture goods from sustainably managed woodland.

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Healthy living

Healthy living

Businesses that promote healthy living through the provision of advice, services and products.

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Homelessness

Homelessness

Businesses that provide services, support and training to the homeless.

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Housing

Housing

Businesses that supply housing services and advice, including the provision of affordable housing to the poor, vulnerable or disenfranchised. (For eco-housing, see climate change)

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Land conservation

Land conservation

Businesses that preserve, manage and restore land, encourage biodiversity and prevent soil degradation.

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Marine conservation

Marine conservation

Businesses that protect, preserve and restore marine systems through, for example, responsible fishing practices.

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Mental health

Mental Health

Businesses that support people with mental health issues.

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Mental health

Other

Businesses which are evidently creating social value, but with a focus that is atypical to that of the social business and enterprise sector.

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Pollution reduction

Pollution Reduction

Businesses that act to reduce pollution levels in the air, water and on land. Includes businesses that do this by minimising and excluding pollutants and toxins from their products.

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Poverty alleviation

Poverty alleviation

Businesses that provide services in and employment to poor communities.

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Racial equality

Racial equality

Businesses that promote racial equality or provide employment, services and training to marginalised groups and communities.

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Renewable energy

Renewable energy

Businesses producing clean energy from renewable sources including solar, wind and water. It incorporates those companies working on new developments such as biofuels.

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Special needs education

Special needs education

Businesses which provide access to education for children and adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. They may also provide substantial support for their families and carers.

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Waste reduction

Waste reduction

Businesses that focus on providing services and products that reduce water wastage and/or improve access to potable water supplies.

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Women and women’s rights

Women and women’s rights

Businesses that focus on protecting and/or promoting women’s rights.

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