Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) is the government’s national body for social enterprise and supports businesses, like Ninety, that have a social or environmental mission.
Each year, SEUK runs a series of awards covering thirteen key categories. For 2017, Ninety is one of a handful of shortlisted social enterprises to be finalists in the category of “UK Social Enterprise of the Year” (sponsored by NatWest). This is the most coveted award of the year, set aside for a social enterprise that has a clear vision, excellence in impact, and that has also demonstrated and promoted social enterprise beyond the sector.
Our fellow shortlisted finalists are Auriga, Employers for Childcare, Here, SharpFutures and Shared Interest Society. We’re pleased for them, and look forward to meeting them on the night.
Winners announced 23rd November 2017.
Over thirty years, Ninety aims to donate £1bn to charitable causes for social investment and grants. Our business is set up to do this: 90% of our distributable profits are distributed to charity, primarily to poverty-alleviating initiatives that develop entrepreneurship, education and health in 3rd World countries.
Progress so far
Whilst all we do is generate the funds through our award-winning work with global corporate brands, the stories of social impact are primarily those of our charity partners. Nevertheless, the funding given to end of 2016 has led to results like these:
- 39,688 children and young people in Africa given textbooks
- 21,736 people in Kenya and Uganda given a year’s access to clean water
- 5.4m UK companies’ social contributions influenced by thinktank research
We believe in shaping policy and Government thinking to raise the positive impact that social enterprises are having in the UK and beyond. In 2016, together with Deutsche Bank and Microsoft, we co-sponsored a study by the Centre of Social Justice on business and social impact. This was published as a report earlier this year entitled ‘Everyone’s Business: Making Business Work for All’ with 22 policy recommendations to UK Government. Our sponsorship of this ground-breaking research was possible thanks to our digital transformation activities with Zurich Insurance, who are part of SEUK’s Buy Social Corporate Challenge.
Help us to help others
Feel free to contact us directly if you’d like to learn more about Ninety’s Foundation and our social mission.
+44 (0)20 7060 4090