What is a Social Enterprise?
A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are reinvested back into the company to achieve those objectives - as opposed to being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders.
Pluss' Social Objectives
Pluss' vision is to inspire people of all abilities to achieve a career. Our business purpose is to provide services that support the employment of people with disabilities and other disadvantages, always to include those considered furthest from the labour market.
Our vision and business purpose are embedded into every aspect of our work.
Measuring Social Value
Pluss Value © is a key perfomance indicator that enables Pluss to measure social impact. It allocates social value points to each stage of an individual's journey into work. The critical factor is the further someone is statistically from the labour market, the greater the social value points attracted at each stage.
So for example, supporting someone with a complex mental health issue into part time work would be given a higher social value score than supporting someone with a hearing impairment to achieve the same outcome.
Pluss Value © enables us to make informed business investment decisions in terms of both their financial and social return. This ensures that our services remain focused on those customers for whom finding and keeping work is a life-changing event.
The Social Enterprise Mark
Pluss was one of the first Social Enteprises to achieve the Social Enterprise Mark. This means that Pluss has proved it is genuine against independently-assessed criteria for social enterprise. The Mark provides assurance that our profits are used to help disabled people gain opportunities to work.
To find out more visit the Social Enterprise Mark website.