Explore examples of social entrepreneurship in action

Your T-shirt and shoes, soap and ice cream? Yep. Marketing services and anti-human trafficking programs? Now you’re talking. Social enterprises are everywhere and they produce goods and services of all kinds. These companies can change entire industries. They create jobs, support well-being, and improve the environment. They link consumer interest in sustainability and social impact to business purpose and action.

  • Warby Parker

    Warby Parker offers high-quality eyeglasses, sunglasses, contact lenses, and eye exams at an affordable price. The company works with a handful of partners worldwide to ensure that for every pair of glasses it sells a pair is distributed to someone in need.

  • 4Ocean

    4Ocean offers bracelets made from recycled materials. Every bracelet purchased funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.

  • Seventh Generation

    Seventh Generation products are healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, people, and environment. Using renewable plant-based ingredients, the company’s products make a difference from development to production, purchase, use, and disposal.

  • Athleta

    Athleta makes beautiful, technical, and sustainable activewear. The company’s mission is to ignite the limitless potential of all women and girls.

  • Patagonia

    Patagonia offers much more than durable, ethically produced outdoor clothing and gear. For more than 50 years, the company has used its voice, business, & investments to protect the environment. It founded the global 1% for the Planet movement and is a leader in corporate activism.

  • Ben & Jerry’s

    Ben & Jerry’s is more than a super-premium ice cream company. It was one of the first companies in the world to focus on the triple bottom line—people, planet, and profit. Ben & Jerry’s aims to create prosperity for everyone connected to their business.

  • They Body Shop

    The Body Shop has been fighting for a fairer world with compassion, campaigns, and community-driven beauty products for more than 35 years. The company is one of the founders of the modern Corporate Social Responsibility movement.

  • Reformation

    Reformation makes sustainable clothing and accessories. Everything is made from low-impact materials, rescued deadstock fabrics, and repurposed vintage clothing. The company creates a safe, healthy, and fair working environment for workers throughout its supply chain.

  • 10,000 Villages

    10,000 Villages is a pioneer of fair trade, offering ethically-sourced handcrafted wares. Every purchase directly impacts the life and community of its maker in a developing country. The company aims to break the cycle of generational poverty and ignite social change.