Social Enterprise World Forum

Social Enterprise World Forum

Social Enterprise World Forum

Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) was established by national social enterprise support agencies with the first event held in Edinburgh in 2008. Bringing together social enterprise practitioners, support agencies, investors, public, private and government representatives. The success of the event in galvanising the global movement of social enterprise, creating a  platform for learning, sharing of good practice, ideas and creating partnerships, led to other countries seeking to host the event.  This collaboration raised awareness of social enterprise as an expanding global mechanism for social change and explored the merit of ongoing collaboration for event stakeholders.

This has transformed SEWF into the international event of choice for the sector. A brief timeline of the events is below:

In its tenth year, the event will return to Edinburgh, Scotland where it all began. Scotland is a world-leader in the social enterprise sector, and part of a growing global movement. With more than a decade of sustained investment in Scotland’s eco-system of support for social enterprise, it’s fair o say there has never been a better time to ‘go social’. Voted as ‘The World’s Most Beautiful Country’ by Rough Guides Readers’ Poll 2017 there has never been a better time to visit Scotland.

A week full of activities has been planned for delegates to experience the rich beauty, culture and diverse social enterprise sector in Scotland and the UK.



Social Enterprise World Forum Board of Directors is represented by permanent Member Directors from Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEIS); S.E. Council of Canada; Social Enterprise UK (SEUK); Social Traders, Australia; SE Alliance, USA and Independent Directors appointed for a two year period.

The Board offers unrivaled knowledge and experience in the sector and work cohesively to support event hosts but also work collaboratively to progress social enterprise development globally.

SEWF Secretariat supports Social Enterprise World Forum Board and country hosts. The Secretariat assists and provides administrative support to the SEWF Board, organising all Board meetings, documentation and facilitates the dissemination of information on the delivery of SEWF’s. The Secretariat plays a significant role in coordinating the work carried out by the Board, working with local hosts on the international marketing and promotion of each SEWF. They also act as a key team member in the delivery of the SEWF.