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100 Employment-Aware Social Businesses

From Independent Living Services to Roaming Restaurants

— August 19, 2014 — Social Good
What exactly does it take to be part of this list of employment-aware social businesses? Well, since we are lucky to have such a great variety -- it takes a whole lot!

From independent living services to roaming refugee restaurants, the category of work is at the center of the business model and practice of these enterprises. While the triple bottom line tends to focus on "people" as one of the main recipients of the social energy, these employment-aware social businesses take it to the next level by focusing not on charity or even giving but rather livelihood. It's about creating happy and healthy job opportunities that are sustainable for everyone involved. The method, of course, is always a little bit different.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Goal-Oriented Good-doers
Goal-Oriented Good-doers
‘Accept Care Limited’ Awards a World of Opportunities
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99
Socially Empowering Employment Services
Socially Empowering Employment Services
PLUSS Helps The Disabled To Find Meaningful Employment
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98
Artistic Employment Initiatives
Artistic Employment Initiatives
Arts Thread Media Helps Inexperienced Youth Gain Work Experience
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97
Human Trafficking-Haulting Agencies
Human Trafficking-Haulting Agencies
The Nomi Network Provides Employment and Support for Victims
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96
Empowering Social Services
Empowering Social Services
All Inclusive Disability Consultants CIC Promotes Unbiased Employment
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95
Empowering Employment Initiatives
Empowering Employment Initiatives
The Avalon Group Provides Housing & Education to People in Need
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94
Social Inclusion Play Enterprises
Social Inclusion Play Enterprises
Sofab Sports Gets People Off the Bench and into Employment
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93
Community Building Consulting Companies
Community Building Consulting Companies
Fresh Horizons Provides Employment And Social Activities
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92
Project-Based Employment Opportunities
Project-Based Employment Opportunities
Pathways-Shropshire Limited is a UK Social Enterprise
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91
Soldier-Supporting Office Supplies
Soldier-Supporting Office Supplies
Veterans Ink Donates to Non-Profit Operation Once in a Lifetime
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90
Sports Uniting Enterprises
Sports Uniting Enterprises
StreetFootballWorld Connects Social Businesses Worldwide Via Soccer
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89
Altruistic Apprenticeships
Altruistic Apprenticeships
Capital Conflict Management is an Anti-Violence Initiative in the UK
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88
Unemployment Crisis Reality Shows
Unemployment Crisis Reality Shows
Get to Work is Unscripted and Depicts the American Jobless
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87
Not-for-Profit Home Repairs
Not-for-Profit Home Repairs
The HandyHelp Company Employs Disadvantaged Workers
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86
Veteran Support CICs
Veteran Support CICs
'About Turn' is a Community Interest Company Assisting Armed Service Members
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85
Ex-Con Employment Facilitators
Ex-Con Employment Facilitators
Blue Sky in the UK Finds Real Jobs for Ex-Offenders
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84
Roaming Refugee Restaurants
Roaming Refugee Restaurants
Mazí Mas Creates Employment for Migrant Women in London
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83
Location-Specific Business Supports
Location-Specific Business Supports
Social Enterprise Action Acton Helps Disadvantaged West London
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82
Supporting Living Support Systems
Supporting Living Support Systems
'You First Support Services' Empowers Adults with Disabilities
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81
Care Industry Providers
Care Industry Providers
Better Health Products Ltd. is a Social Enterprise Run by a UK Charity
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80
Danish Innovation Collaborations
Danish Innovation Collaborations
MindLab Uses Design, Government and Business to Impact Society
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79
University Employment Partnerships
University Employment Partnerships
'upReach' Promotes Professional Development with Undergraduates
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78
Employment-Focused Organizations
Employment-Focused Organizations
Autism Works in the UK Provides Opportunities for Autistic Adults
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77
Ex-Offender Employment Agencies
Ex-Offender Employment Agencies
A Fairer Chance Attempts to Support People Toward Sustainable Jobs
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76
Small-Scale Social Breweries
Small-Scale Social Breweries
'Breugems Brouwerij' Hires People with Disabilities
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75
Disability Service Deliverers
Disability Service Deliverers
Balance CIC Strives for Independence Through Employment
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74
Local Time Banking Communities
Local Time Banking Communities
Hour Exchange Portland Has Residents Trading Services
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73
Arts and Crafts Community Enterprises
Arts and Crafts Community Enterprises
Menter Fachwen Works with People with a Disability
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72
Independent Living Services
Independent Living Services
Progressive Lifestyle Solutions Offers Housing in Liverpool
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71
Community-Changing Slurps
Community-Changing Slurps
The Bath Soup Company Hires Homeless People for Production
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70
Worker-Benefiting Temp Agencies
Worker-Benefiting Temp Agencies
In Every Story Labor Services Supports Precarious Workers
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69
Charitable Horticultural Companies
Charitable Horticultural Companies
Garden Basket Produces Organic Products That Provide Employment
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68
Unemployed Recruitment Agencies
Unemployed Recruitment Agencies
Clean Slate Supports People with Difficulties Getting a Job
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67
Ex-Offender Decorating Services
Ex-Offender Decorating Services
Bounce Back is a Social Enterprise Providing Paint Jobs
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66
Encouraging Entrepreneurship Enterprises
Encouraging Entrepreneurship Enterprises
SOLS 24/7 Provides Accessible Education for Youth
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65
Prisoner-Run Hospitality Services
Prisoner-Run Hospitality Services
The Clink Restaurant Offers Employment to Ex-Offenders
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64
Fun-Oriented Unemployment Workshops
Fun-Oriented Unemployment Workshops
Career Skills Incubator is a Place for Recent Graduates
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63
Human Development Non-Profits
Human Development Non-Profits
Dreaming Out Loud Fosters Impact-Driven Social Enterprises in DC
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62
Employment-Endeavoring Non-Profits
Employment-Endeavoring Non-Profits
1000 Jobs/Haiti Creates Work Through Its Projects in the Nation
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61
Eco Employment Solutions
Eco Employment Solutions
EMBERS Green Renovations Uses Biodegradable Items for Energy Efficiency
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60
Conscious Catering Services
Conscious Catering Services
'Krackers Katering' Fosters Economic and Community Development
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59
Refugee-Focused Employment
Refugee-Focused Employment
Transitions London is a Social Enterprise for Immigrant Professionals
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58
Social Health Services
Social Health Services
NAViGO is a Community-Based Enterprise Focused on Care
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57
Eco-Building Employment
Eco-Building Employment
Acta Vista Provides Training and Work Experience to Employees
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56
Geometric Fair Trade Towels
Geometric Fair Trade Towels
Nashprint Creates Tea Towels to Provide Employment in Southern India
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55
Maintenance Services Co-ops
Maintenance Services Co-ops
Self-Reliance Solutions Creates Employment Opportunities in Toronto
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54
Impactful Intrapreneurship Ventures
Impactful Intrapreneurship Ventures
Central City Concern is an Innovative Portland Non-Profit
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53
Culturally Creative Denim Ads
Culturally Creative Denim Ads
The Diesel + Edun Campaign Celebrates African Performance Art
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52
Healthy Community Sales
Healthy Community Sales
'A Moveable Feast' Focuses on Arabs & Bangladeshis Who Live in SW1, London
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51
Artisan-Empowering Training Centers
Artisan-Empowering Training Centers
Afghan Action Teaches Young Men and Women Weaving and Sewing
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50
Online Education Charities
Online Education Charities
Brightside Offers Mentoring and Tutoring on the Web
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49
For-Profit Social Bus Services
For-Profit Social Bus Services
HCT Group is a UK Transportation-Providing Beneficial Business
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48
Community Empowering Employment
Community Empowering Employment
Rising Tide Car Wash Hires People With Autism in Parkland, FL
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47
Poverty-Eradicating Furniture Companies
Poverty-Eradicating Furniture Companies
The FRC Group Runs Commercial Businesses That Give Back
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46
Empowering Culinary Education
Empowering Culinary Education
Knead-To-Feed is a Social Enterprise Specializing in Artisan Breads
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45
Menu-Changing Social Enterprises
Menu-Changing Social Enterprises
The People's Food Company Offers Organic, Local & Fair Trade Food
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44
Beneficial Online Marketplaces
Beneficial Online Marketplaces
Buy With Heart Provides Marketing Resources for Social Ventures
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43
Social Enterprise Garages
Social Enterprise Garages
Auto22 in Gravesend Supports Youth Through Employment
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42
Employment Barrier Charities
Employment Barrier Charities
CheckIn Works is a Scottish Organization Galvanizing Opportunity
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41
Socially Responsible Consulting Companies
Socially Responsible Consulting Companies
The TREES Group Partners With Disadvantaged Businesses
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40
Ethical Sourcing Enablers
Ethical Sourcing Enablers
The Collaborative Group is a New Social Enterprise Out of Chicago
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39
Sense-Enhancing Exhibits
Sense-Enhancing Exhibits
Dialogue Social Enterprise Employs the Disabled to Lead Presentations
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38
Ethical Artisan-Empowering Organizations
Ethical Artisan-Empowering Organizations
Shopping for a Change is a Globally Minded Non-Profit
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37
Non-Profit Housekeeping Services
Non-Profit Housekeeping Services
Clean Close Company Provides Jobs For The Unemployed
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36
Seasonal Vegetable Deliveries
Seasonal Vegetable Deliveries
Growing Places Enterprise Makes It Easy to Eat Local and Organic
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35
Slavery-Targeting Enterprise Accelerators
Slavery-Targeting Enterprise Accelerators
Not For Sale Endeavors to Fight Human Trafficking
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34
Rehabilitative Dairy Farms
Rehabilitative Dairy Farms
La Fageda Offers Employment as Well as Support for the Disabled
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33
Crime-Preventing Bistro Programs
Crime-Preventing Bistro Programs
San Francisco's Old Skool Cafe Employs At-Risk Youth
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32
Philanthropic Artistic Shoes
Philanthropic Artistic Shoes
The TOMS Haiti Project Commissioned Artists to Make Limited Edition S
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31
Gourmet Training for Homeless Youth
Gourmet Training for Homeless Youth
Streat Takes a Taste-Focused Approach to Employment Programs
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30
Ethical Sewing Workshops
Ethical Sewing Workshops
Afesip Fair Fashion Creates Design and Clothing Products in Cambodia
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29
Beautifully Empowering Fashion
Beautifully Empowering Fashion
'House of Wandering Silk' Works with NGOs to Support Women
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28
Self-Employment Social Enterprises
Self-Employment Social Enterprises
FranchisingWorks Supports New Businesses Through Advice
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27
Handmade Humanitarian Goods
Handmade Humanitarian Goods
BHcrafts Works with Women Displayed by the Bosnian War
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26
Youth Development Programs
Youth Development Programs
The Spring Project is a Radical Employment Effort in London
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25
Empowering Accessory Lines
Empowering Accessory Lines
Rural Revolution Provides Women with Flexible Employment Opportunities
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24
Sustainable Business-Creating Scarves
Sustainable Business-Creating Scarves
'fashionABLE' is Committed to Employing Women in Africa
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23
Stigma-Ending Bistros
Stigma-Ending Bistros
'Out of This World Cafe' in Toronto Engages the Psychiatric Recovery Communi
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22
Socially Conscious Vertical Harvesting
Socially Conscious Vertical Harvesting
VHJH Introduces Efficiency & Job Opportunities
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21
Shelter-Providing Jewelry
Shelter-Providing Jewelry
Eden Ministry Supports Women with Employment, Education and Clinics
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20
Community-Enhancing Natural Beverages (Update)
Community-Enhancing Natural Beverages (Update)
Runa Focused Energy Drinks Fund Development
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19
Personal Development Diners
Personal Development Diners
Ground Level Cafe Offers Training to At-Risk Youth in Toronto
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18
Socially Conscious Cafe Vans
Socially Conscious Cafe Vans
CanDo Coffee Creates Impactful Job Opportunities in London
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17
Honey-Infused Cosmetics
Honey-Infused Cosmetics
'beeline' by Sweet Beginnings Offers Natural Products
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16
Block-Printed Artisan Clothing
Block-Printed Artisan Clothing
Mata Traders Fuses Style and Ethics with Fair Trade Cooperatives
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15
Delicious Munificent Munchies
Delicious Munificent Munchies
Rubies in the Rubble Empower Women and Tackle Food Waste with Jams
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14
Garment-Recycling Factories
Garment-Recycling Factories
Le Relais Collects and Sorts Unwanted Textiles for Resale
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13
Socially Responsible Accessories
Socially Responsible Accessories
Raven & Lily Provides Employment For Female Artisans
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12
Community-Building Handbags
Community-Building Handbags
Della Provides Sustainable Fashion That Supports Communities in Ghana
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11
Altruistic Accessory Lines
Altruistic Accessory Lines
Rising Tide Fair Trade Bags Provide Jobs For Under Served Women
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10
Fair Trade Zipper Clutches
Fair Trade Zipper Clutches
This Exotic and Sustainable Purse Supports Guatemalan Women
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9
Socially Empowering Digital Apps
Socially Empowering Digital Apps
CloudFactory Provides Jobs Through an Online Work Force
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8
All-White Ethical Fashion Lines
All-White Ethical Fashion Lines
NuoMi Shanghai is a Social Enterprise Founded by Bonita Lin Wen
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7
Employment-Providing Shoes
Employment-Providing Shoes
The Nisolo Footwear Line Creates Sustainable Jobs
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6
Social Enterprise Cafe-Bars
Social Enterprise Cafe-Bars
No. 178 is a Spot in London Town to Chill Out and Eat Well
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5
Poverty-Aiding Supermarkets
Poverty-Aiding Supermarkets
This Social Supermarket Decreases Food Prices by 70 Per Cent
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4
Lavish Upcycled Leather Jackets
Lavish Upcycled Leather Jackets
Olga Road Turns Old Trench Coats into Sleek New Styles
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3
Ethical Undergarment Production
Ethical Undergarment Production
Flint and Tinder Produces Locally Made Men's Underwear
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2
Learning-Enabling Rucksacks
Learning-Enabling Rucksacks
Purchasing a Stone+Cloth Backpack Provides a Child With an Education
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1
Multi-Purpose Social Cafes
Multi-Purpose Social Cafes
Giraffe Perth Offers, Food, Gifts and Art, All for a Cause
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