What makes an organisation socially responsible and how can it achieve the goal? Future Enterprise Foundation and the Polytechnic University organised a two-day conference, 'Towards a Socially Responsible Economy - Path to Excellence with Award-Winning Chinese Social Enterprises', to address the issue. The conference aimed to promote a socially responsible economy through knowledge sharing and in-depth exchange with award-winning businesses. 'Social enterprise is a key vehicle in driving a socially responsible economy,' says Helene Li, co-founder and chairwoman of the Future Enterprise Foundation, a non-profit, professional organisation which advocates sustainable economic development in Asia and cross-sector engagement. 'It is blending the best of market economy and a responsible civic society. The current business establishment and model of pursuing wealth is fundamentally unsustainable. We cannot pursue economic development at the expense of social and environmental development,' Li says. The conference built upon the success of the inaugural Creative Capitalism Forum in May, which brought together key players in various social sectors to share perspectives on sustainable, socially responsible development of businesses. Riding on the synergy and enthusiasm for the 'cross-sector engagement' theory created by the forum, the latest conference looked at the premise that an exchange of practical experience is essential to implement socially responsible, economic development. To move forward effectively, it is also crucial to address a variety of deep-seated social problems, such as the widening wealth gap. 'Through knowledge sharing and in-depth exchange with local social enterprises, as well as corporate and government sectors, this conference will provide a platform to enable participants to take action and further develop the agenda of doing good and doing well,' Li says. With a focus on social entrepreneurship on the mainland, the conference also featured presentations by 18 mainland social enterprises of the You Cheng Foundation and Narada Foundation's joint 2010 Outstanding Social Enterprise Award. The You Cheng Foundation and Narada Foundation are leading non-profit organisations on the mainland with strong representation from the corporate sector as board members. Future Enterprise Foundation is made up of a group of professionals with diverse backgrounds in management consulting, finance, law, marketing and accounting. The foundation is committed to applying its expertise and network to bring the agenda of a socially responsible economic model to the centre of attention in mainstream economics.