Social Firms operate in any market sector and they all offer an inclusive workplace environment where people are valued for their abilities, encouraged to participate and supported to achieve. People undertake meaningful work and contribute to the success of a real business.
Social Firms can act as a stepping stone for some people on their way to open employment, or serve as the ultimate employment goal for others who would have difficulty retaining a job in a mainstream company.
Social Firms significantly contribute to social inclusion, economic activity and health improvement. Because they are a business and earn a proportion of their income through trade, they are one effective solution for the employability and employment of people who experience significant barriers to work.
*3 Crisis (2014) Crisis Skylight: an evaluation year 1 interim report
Social Firms are an opportunity to:
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