We believe there is a better way of doing business that can help solve many of society’s most endemic problems. We find and work with the best professionals at an early point in their career to grow the next generation of social enterprise leaders who will harness the power of business for good.
Social enterprise is a different way of doing business; it is the business model of the century”,
Dai Powell, CEO HCT Group
Many professionals are no longer satisfied creating shareholder returns and also reject traditional charitable approaches to solving society’s problems. For these people, On Purpose is the first stepping stone to a new career.
It is striking how many of our students reject the old distinctions between doing well and doing good. More striking still is the energy and commitment those people show to social enterprises and to purpose-driven companies”,
Stephan Chambers, Chairman of Skoll Centre, On Purpose Board Member
By working with these future leaders, we build the capacity of social enterprises, help charities become commercially savvy and discover socially and environmentally rewarding activities for business. We believe that working across these different types of organisations is not only beneficial but necessary.
On Purpose is a common identity. It’s a shared commitment to help tackle some of the most intractable problems in society”,
Dominic Jones, On Purpose Fellow, 2011
We believe On Purpose is unique, because we go:
For social enterprises to become successful, the movement needs not only entrepreneurs but also top quality managers and professionals. We are the only social enterprise programme focused on attracting these kinds of professionals.
Our full-time programme attracts those who are truly committed to changing their careers.
We have a self-funding business model that our placement hosts pay for. By making placement hosts pay, we reinforce the message that talent is worth investing in.
Beyond the short term
Leading social enterprises is difficult – it requires years of experience in the social enterprise space. We help talented people to make this transition early in their career when they still have decades of valuable work ahead of them.
Beyond social enterprise
Social enterprise is less widely known than social entrepreneurs like to think so we engage hundreds of volunteers across all sectors to train, mentor, coach our Associates, and in many other roles. This not only spreads the word but also creates valuable new networks and opportunities for social enterprise.