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Social Purpose Business Careers

What about social purpose business?

"A social purpose business is a for-profit business venture created to promote social change through profitable enterprise. They have a 'double bottom line'—their goal is to have a direct impact on the social need while generating a profit." 

The Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector, by Stephanie Lowell, pp. 76-77.

Related terms:

  • socially responsible business
  • social enterprise
  • social entrepreneurship
  • corporate social responsibility

For further information, search the CCS 103 Barnes Career Library catalog for "social purpose business."