Social Enterprise

Hong Kong tech start-ups need more active help

Members of the Purpella team with Kevin Yeung (second from left, back row). Photo: Paul Yeung

Studying for his master's degree in 2008 at Stanford University, Daniel Cheng Yuen was struck by how fragmented information was when looking for campus club activities, which run into the thousands.

Tuesday, 28 May, 2013, 3:30pm

Make Asia's wealth work harder for its poor

Make Asia's wealth work harder for its poor

Six years ago, the term impact investing had yet to even be coined, much less developed into the viable opportunity for investors that it is today. Since then, hundreds of millions of dollars have flowed from US and European investors seeking both financial and social impact.

20 Mar 2013 - 3:11am

Social enterprise funds should help avoid poverty, not just alleviate it

The road ahead will not be easy for Carrie Lam. Photo: SCMP

Noteworthy in Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor's recent announcement of the re-establishment of the Commission on Poverty is the inclusion of a task force to determine the terms of reference of the previously announced HK$500 million Social Enterprise Development Fund, now called the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:33pm 1 comment

Support innovators to take HK into future

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet- ngor. Photo: Dickson Lee

Last month Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor officiated at the opening of the Good Lab, the first co-working space for social entrepreneurs in Hong Kong.

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am

Social enterprises not limited to non-profit charitable projects

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has suggested allocating HK$500 million from the Lotteries Fund to form a social enterprises development fund. Who will be eligible for this fund?

22 Sep 2012 - 12:16am

Lending a helping hand can add value to an MBA

It is encouraging to see local business schools lending a hand to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) by providing free services that involve their undergraduates and MBA students.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Investment tips for the good of Hong Kong society

The Rio+20 conference witnessed the official launch of the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative, a network of researchers and practitioners working to shape public policies that create more effective capital markets for impact investing.

16 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Social policy plays role in expansion of 'third sector'

Social enterprises are playing an increasingly important role in Taiwan. It's a trend that gained momentum as community consciousness and a self-help mentality took hold amid soaring unemployment and widening income inequality in the aftermath of the Asian financial crisis 15 years ago.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Niggling question lies at heart of moral snobbery

Government funding support should favour entrepreneurs who aspire to do good and do well.

Rachel Chan, convenor, Make a Difference award.

Letters to the editor, December 13

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

We must encourage more for-profit companies to run social businesses

I read with interest two articles on social enterprises by Lana Lam in Postmagazine ('Down to business' November 27) and Jake van der Kamp's ('Faint scent of snobbery behind social enterprise', November 29). The issues stem from three conceptual ambiguities regarding what social enterprises are or should be.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Social enterprises can help community to profit in dollars and moral sense

I refer to Jake van der Kamp's column ('Faint scent of snobbery behind social enterprises', November 29) where he once again accuses social enterprises of moral snobbery. Of course Jake is wrong but I don't blame him. Instead, the Hong Kong government needs to be held accountable for Jake's commonly held but incorrect view of the sector.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Faint scent of snobbery behind social enterprises

In 2006, the government set aside HK$150 million to fund social enterprises. But a short-sighted approach and poor planning have resulted in a less than admirable success rate ...

Post Magazine headline, November 27

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Down to business

In early 2007, the Hong Kong Single Parents Association (HKSPA) was given HK$900,000 by the government to start a social enterprise. The organisation promised to set up a home-help service for the elderly, within which long-term welfare-dependent single mothers with little education would be trained in home maintenance.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

A matter of conscience

The global Occupy Wall Street movement has drawn everyone's attention to the spread of corporate greed.

Many people are rethinking how businesses should be run in a more socially responsible manner.

David Bornstein, the American guru of social enterprise and a best-selling author, has thought deeply about this matter.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Difference between social enterprise and firms which exist purely for profits

I refer to Jake van der Kamp's column ('Social enterprise doesn't deserve to get a mention', October 20) where he talks about 'a small group of people who think they have a special understanding of what constitutes social good and believe the public purse owes them money for it'; and 'normal commercial enterprises provide what the public wants, without the moral snobbery'.

31 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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