SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIAL ORIENTATION OF BUSINESS — THE REGIONAL DIMENSION
Yuliya Zhigulina, Managing Director, Our Future Foundation for Regional Social Programmes
Vyacheslav Shoptenko, Director, Institute for Organizational Development and Strategic Initiatives, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
The topic of social entrepreneurship first began to be actively discussed at federal forum platforms about five years ago, and the sector itself is developing dynamically. In particular, in 2017 the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin, meeting with social entrepreneurs, supported the development of this sector, and in 2019 a federal law was adopted that enshrined the concept of social entrepreneurship. Since 2021, in the new edition of the national project "Small and Medium Business and Support of the Individual Entrepreneurship Initiative," special attention has been paid to social entrepreneurship and the forms of its state support have been expanded. By the end of 2021, there are already more than 6,000 social enterprises on the register.
• What are the new opportunities for the development of social entrepreneurship in the regions and what still holds back its development?
• Will the dynamic development of the socially-oriented sector of non-profit organizations, as well as the transformation of corporate social responsibility programs and the increasing shift in focus towards ESG principles, affect the development of social entrepreneurship?
• Should special attention be paid to forms of youth involvement in socially oriented projects when promoting and developing youth entrepreneurship?