Social Enterprises (SE) are businesses who achieve specific social objectives such as providing services (such as support service for the elderly) or products needed by the community, creating employment and training opportunities for the socially disadvantaged, protecting the environment and funding its other social services through the profits earned. Its profits will be reinvested back into the business for supporting the social objectives that it is pursuing. In other words, the primary objective of social enterprises is to achieve its social objectives, rather than maximising profits for distribution to its shareholders.3
Supporting the products or services provided by social enterprises would in turn promote social cohesion and environmental values attributable to local production. In Hong Kong, a “Social Enterprise Directory” has been established by the HKCSSHSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre (SEBC) for advocating consumption from social enterprises.
3 Remark: This above description of SE has been adopted by the Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) for supporting general or sector-wide promotion activities for SE.
Social capital refers to the institutions, relationships and norms that shape the quality and quantity of a society’s social interactions. Social capital includes social norms (personal attitudes and social values), networks and institutions. Social cohesion is essential for the economic prosperity and long-term sustainable development of a society. Social capital holds people and institutions together to work for the common good.
Source: Community Investment and Inclusion Fund, Labour and Welfare Bureau,