Philanthropy Ireland (PI) welcomes the development of the 2nd Social Enterprise Policy and acknowledges the work done by the department and the sector in this regard. We see it as a further significant step of support for a sector that plays a vital role in the delivery of services and support for social good while holding the potential for sustainable economic growth and promoting environmental sustainability

Social Enterprise is closely linked to and aligns with the key tenets of philanthropy.

Several of our members, including, Clann Credo, Community Finance Ireland, Oakfield Trust, Rethink Ireland, Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, and Social Finance Foundation, are all directly involved in supporting the work of social enterprises. In outlining our comments on the draft document, we acknowledge their expertise in commenting on the body of detail in the policy and endorse those inputs.