WHO WE ARE
The Social Enterprise Society of Kenya (SESOK) is a registered society in Kenya which was founded in January 2017 and is Kenya’s umbrella body for social enterprises in all sectors of the economy. We aim to expand our membership and influence throughout the East African region and possibly beyond. A social enterprise is an organization or business which uses commercial strategies for the benefit of society or the environment while making a profit. Our aim is to bring social enterprises in the limelight and make them visible and relevant in today’s economy. In the past and still today, traditional businesses have existed and made profits along the way but have neglected to pay attention to the social and environmental impacts of their activities. Social and environmental impacts are critical if we are to sustain ourselves as a planet and the aim is to increase this positive impact on a grand scale. A good benchmark or guide to use while running a social enterprise is to consider the set of sustainable development goals (SDGs) which are critical and should be linked with the daily activities of social enterprises.
A Kenya transformed through Social Entrepreneurship.
To be the main catalyst for development of the Social Enterprise sector in Kenya.
- To raise awareness on social entrepreneurship in Kenya.
- To offer support for social enterprises in Kenya through advisory services, training, research, relevant resources & business networks.
- To strengthen the social enterprise sector in Kenya by guiding the establishment, operations and development of social enterprises.
- To encourage the growth of social enterprises as a sustainable way to address social needs (improvement of people’s lives and the environment).
- To build networks among social enterprises in Kenya.
- To build relationships and work very closely with our partners for the benefit of our members.
- To promote the profile of the social enterprises to partners, stakeholders in both public and private sector.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY BUSINESS IS A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE?
To be considered as a social enterprise your business should:
- Have a clear social or environmental agenda included in your governing documents.
- Re-invest a large chunk of your profits back into the business for sustainability purposes.
- Generate most of your income through trading activities.
- Not be a government institution.
- Be transparent and accountable.