Interact with the data from our study through the Business for Good interactive site. Learn the main findings at a glance. See which economy has the highest percentage of female founders, the top industries social enterprises operate in, who funds them, and more!
The data dashboard lets you filter and explore data from our survey of 584 social enterprises and interviews of 140 stakeholders across 6 Asian economies: Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Pakistan and Thailand.
The rise of social enterprises in Asia
There are an estimated 1.2 million social enterprises in the six Asian economies we studied in depth, plus an additional 3.5 million in the two we spotlighted, China and India. Governments in just six economies are spending US$1 billion per year to support social enterprises and all startups.
And yet, there is a lack of research on the needs of social enterprises and which actions will have maximum impact. With 60% of the world’s total population and a 50% share of global GDP, Asia still only receives 16% of the global impact investment pool.
Business for Good quantifies what social enterprises need: funding, talent and enabling ecosystems. We also map out who can help and how: philanthropists, businesses, investors and governments. Based on surveys and interviews of more than 700 social enterprises, incubators, accelerators, investors and government officials, this original data not only informs our insights, but forms a unique repository of evidence in this space.