What We Can Do
It is no secret that the list of seemingly insurmountable social, environmental and human concerns regarding our food system are growing far more quickly than the ability of traditional sectors to address them. Good Food Enterprises envisions a world in which these concerns are successfully overcome through social enterprise business solutions.
Social enterprise businesses focus on two outcomes: profitability and common good.
They use the methods and disciplines of business and the power of the marketplace to advance their social, environmental and human justice agendas.
According to the Social Enterprise Alliance, there are three characteristics that distinguish a social enterprise from other types of businesses, nonprofits and government agencies:
It directly addresses an intractable social need and serves the common good, either through its products and services or through the number of disadvantaged people it employs.
Its commercial activity is a strong revenue driver, whether a significant earned income stream within a nonprofit’s mixed revenue portfolio, or a for profit enterprise.
The common good is its primary purpose, literally “baked into” the organization’s DNA, and trumping all others.