Increasing numbers of social entrepreneurs all over the world are using business to help tackle social problems, but there is little data to point to which countries are encouraging this growing sector. To fill this void, the Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank’s CSR Made for Good global enterprise programme for social good to conduct the first global experts’ poll on the best countries for social entrepreneurs in 2016, generating widespread discussion across the sector. This year they repeated the survey, with some surprising results.
Their findings highlight areas of strength and weakness in the world’s 45 biggest economies – and how this has changed in the past three years. Their findings give social entrepreneurs, policy makers and investors the research needed to further discuss, explore and pursue innovative ways of doing business for good. They also highlight countries where women and young social entrepreneurs are playing more of role and the cities deemed to be hotspots for new style businesses seeking to have social impact.