Social Firms are one type of social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that trade for a social or environmental purpose, & their profits are reinvested back into the company to help them achieve this purpose. Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is the common good. They use the methods & disciplines of business & the power of the market place to advance their social, environmental, & human justice agendas. The specific purpose of a Social Firms is to create jobs for people who find it hardest to get them.
The Social Enterprise Alliance caters to North America’s social enterprise sector by providing information, building awareness, & creating national networks amongst various other services. Its membership consists of social enterprises, service providers, investors, corporations, public servants, academics & researchers.
CEFEC, a network of Social Firms in Europe, works to facilitate Social Firms, social co-operatives & other business models which create jobs that offer both a supportive working environment & paying, sustainable employment options.