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Policy Brief

Landscape of Social Enterprises in Singapore

27 July 2017

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The study explores the diverse landscape and ecosystem that have developed since the first known social enterprises appeared in Singapore almost 90 years ago. The buzz around social enterprises in Singapore is growing louder and more insistent. By 2013, there was, on average, one article every two days that used the term. Yet, one does not have to scratch too far beneath the surface of this energy and enthusiasm to realize that there is little consensus on what the primary characteristics of a social enterprise should be. While it is fair that a rigid definition could circumscribe the evolution of a business form that is based on the changing needs of a community, the continued growth of the sector is arguably stymied without some general agreement on its primary characteristics. In that regard, the study sheds light on the core principles defining a social enterprise and presents the challenges and opportunities facing this disctinct sector in Singapore.

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A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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We see social investment as a continuum that encompasses everything from philanthropy and venture philanthropy to impact investing, CSR and sustainable investment. We call this the “Continuum of Capital”.

We see social investment as a continuum that encompasses everything from philanthropy and venture philanthropy to impact investing, CSR and sustainable investment. We call this the “Continuum of Capital”.

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