Social Enterprise in South Korea: Part 1

Setting the scene: South Korea's social enterprise landscape explored

In November 2014, Pioneers Post explored how South Korea's social enterprise sector, which is being supported by both local and central government, is working to tackle high levels of unemployment and rural depopulation, as well as recovering important heritage lost in years of conflict. 

The seventh annual Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) brought together social entrepreneurs, policy-makers and thought leaders in Seoul to share social enterprise knowledge and practice, and to promote international dialogue about the sector.

Alongside the main conference, the SEWF runs a study tour for sector leaders around the world to connect with social entrepreneurs from the home nation.

In Korea, the tour took participants, including Pioneers Post, to visit a range of social enterprises – from food cooperatives to social venture hubs working to incubate innovative start-ups. 


The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) was developed and first launched by CEIS – a leading authority in the social enterprise sector and the largest third sector business support provider in Scotland. The Pioneers Post team was able to attend the 2014 Forum, organised by the Work Together Foundation, thanks to support from the British Council. 

The 2015 SEWF will take place between 1-3 July in Milan, Italy. For more information click here