More than ever before, graduates are reporting that they need to believe the work they are doing has a social purpose.
In fact, research shows that this is a bigger motivation than starting salary when looking for employment. Students and graduates are increasingly reporting that they seek employment and lifestyles that enable them to contribute to the social, cultural and environmental wellbeing of their communities, society and the world around them, rather than simply thinking of their degree as a route to a highly paid career.
This presents an opportunity for university leaders who chose to put ethics, civic engagement, social and environmental justice and sustainable economic development at the heart of their strategic plans and student experience…
… By becoming an accredited social enterprise with the Social Enterprise Mark/Gold Mark, universities can better demonstrate their sustainable and ethical business credentials to the next generation of applicants. The accreditation enables universities to demonstrate to students how they also apply in practice the values and knowledge that are taught, and how they too can be part of a social enterprise culture.