Social Enterprises in China and Opportunities for UK Organisations

August 15, 2012 | London

Invitation to attend a breakfast event

FYSE, Unltd and BSR invite you to learn about and discuss the state of social enterprise in China and most importantly, what opportunities and challenges exist for social enterprises from the UK to expand into China.

China’s development is at a critical stage. The country faces increasing social, economic and environmental challenges and needs to look to both domestic and international solutions which can be scaled up in order to have the greatest possible impact and success in tackling these challenges.

On August 15, FYSE, UnLtd and BSR will host a forum hosted by the Social Enterprise Practice of Hogan Lovells to:

  • Discuss the current state of social enterprises in China featuring the findings from FYSE's 2012 China Social Enterprise Report, which will be launched at the event;
  • Share lessons learned by BSR's adaptation of the Taproot Foundation model into China, showing you how to potentially replicate your social enterprise into China;
  • Answer questions on the opportunities and challenges for social enterprises--or other organizations--from the UK who are considering expanding into China.

The Speakers

Andrea Krause, Founder and Executive Director, FYSE

Andrea founded FYSE in 2008, and grew it into a cutting-edge organization that currently provides support to social entrepreneurs in 10 countries in Asia. Andrea has extensive start-up and management experience in various Asian countries including Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

FYSE's mission is to support social entrepreneurs who have the potential to significantly address social and environmental challenges. The organization has a track record of managing regional and national projects in Asia through multistakeholder collaborations with a wide network of partners including companies, educational institutions and nongovernmental organizations.

Cliff Prior, CEO, Unltd

Cliff Prior is CEO of UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs in the UK, which supports around 1,000 people each year to start new social ventures of all kinds, with a mix of development support, seed funds, and the networks and contacts they need for success. UnLtd has been replicated in 4 other countries, with more in development.

Cliff is also a trustee of the Local Trust and the Clore Social Leadership programme, as well as an advisor to Big Society Capital and a member of Comic Relief’s UK Grants Committee. He joined UnLtd in 2006 from Rethink, the charity for people affected by severe mental illness, where he led its development to a mass membership campaign movement and ?5m pa social enterprise, championing a recovery approach in mental health services.

Adam Lane, Manager, BSR

Adam works with multinational companies in China to help them understand the nuts and bolts of corporate responsibility. He also supports BSR's CiYuan program, an initiative that builds innovative cross-sector partnerships to enhance the value of social investment in China. Prior to joining BSR, Adam worked extensively in China's NGO sector.

BSR works with its global network of nearly 300 member companies to build a just and sustainable world. From its offices in Asia, Europe, and North and South America, BSR develops sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.

About the 2012 China Social Enterprise Report

While the social entrepreneurship field has been around for several decades, social entrepreneurship in China is only just emerging with social entrepreneurs beginning to tackle diverse social and environmental issues, while redefining the role of business in society. Yet despite the key role social entrepreneurs can play in China's sustainable development, data is lacking about the challenges social enterprises face and what contribution to economic and social development they deliver. The 2012 China Social Enterprise Report will for the first time provide key insights into the scale, performance and challenges of social enterprises in China to provide policy makers, investors and peers with timely information about the sector.