Business has the capability to save people & planet. Not aid.

We believe that socially driven business is the sustainable future, powered by the support of those around them.

Are you:  a business professional looking to volunteer? An enterprise who is changing the world? A corporate citizenship professional?


"If you're looking to understand the social impact world and make a difference with your business skills, this is the programme for you!"

Helder Pimenta, Account Director, Google

Between us we have over 100 years professional experience in volunteering, international development, social enterprise and business.

Which Opportunity Is Right For You?

Volunteer Business Consulting for Career Development

For those interested in exploring a portfolio career, who want to learn more about social enterprise, and share their skills in the role of Consultant we run a fee-based programme that brings together independent volunteers who want to be a part of a commuity of global pupose-driven professionals to undertake a specific, specialist consultancy project with a social entreprneur. We match our volunteers with social enterprises, social businesses and ethical businesses who are between 6 months and 6 years old. You choose your hours, length of service (between 10-12 weeks), and which business area to consult in. There are several waves throughout the year for you to take on a 10-12 week assignment. Next waves are Spring (March 2019) and Summer (July 2019).


Specialist business support for your enterprise or start-up

We are looking for 15 clients to join our year-long incubator in 2019. This is a bursary supported programme for socially impactful start-ups, ethical businesses and social enterprises from London and the South East. Whether you are an early to mid stage start-up with some initial funding looking to build on a pilot, through to a 6 year old community organisation or social business we’re keen to hear from you. You could be a CIC, a commercial charity, ethical business, b-corps or a fast-growth impact venture but either way you’re driven by purpose whilst value investing in growth. There are 3 recruitment waves throughout the year. Next wave is Spring, starting March 2019.


Training and Volunteer Programme Delivery

We have supported over 200 social and ethical entrepreneurs to develop their start-ups into scalable ventures. Working in Asia, Latin America and Europe and with the support of our partners we have run intensive accelerators, start-up ideation camps and longer business growth corporate volunteer programmes that engage employees and utilise resources at multiple levels – with the ultimate goal of driving economic development through socially impactful skill-sharing and corporate citizenship.

Current & Previous partners: Pernod Ricard UK, VSO, UnLtd India, Surge Impact, The Good Market, British Council Sri Lanka, British Council Brasil, Eixo Rio, Rio Criativo, Asplande, On Purpose.


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Want to make an impact?

Our clients are on a mission to change the world around them. The Enterprises we work with benefit from low cost expertise for an agreed timeframe, as well as gaining an extra pair of hands to reduce some of the pressure that comes from running a start-up, learning new skills in a specialist areas of business. As a result our start-ups are able to focus on social and environmental impact whilst discovering the tools, techniques and strategies that make many of the FTSE 500 companies financially sustainable.

We support our volunteers through training and coaching to create a unique career development or career break experience that enables them to make the most of the time they spend on their business assignment. And on top of all that, volunteers get to immerse into a new community and learn about developing a social enterprise in challenging but emerging business environments.

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