Social Change through Social Enterprise was the main topic of the Social Enterprise World Forum 2014 (SEWF 2014) in Seoul, South Korea. The Forum was an international event, creating opportunities for policy-makers, enterprises, politicians and communities to engage in dialogue on the establishment and development of social enterprise.
With the aim of learning of the development of social enterprises across the world, experience of policies and laws for social enterprise, the British Council and the Central Institute for Economic Management invited a Delegation to attend the Forum from 14 to 16 October 2014. The Vietnam Delegation included fifteen participants, representing the Office of Government, the Office of the National Assembly, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Hanoi Radio – Television and Vietnam Television. With support from the British Council, the Delegation had prepared well for the event with briefings on the content as well as the logistics for the trip.
The SEWF 2014 had the main theme ‘Social Change through Social Enterprise’, with an objective to confirm the role of sustainable development within Social Enterprise models, especially in Asia. The Forum had three sub topics, which were: Social Innovation, Social Inclusion and Social Investment. The special session about Social Enterprise Laws and Policy attracted interest from many participants. The features were Social Enterprise Law terms of the Government of South Korea. The Vietnam Delegation actively and fully took part in all activities under the scope of the Forum, including: Social Enterprise Tour B, plenaries and sessions at the Forum and the numerous networking activities.
Over the three days of the Forum, the Delegation gained a better understanding of the role of Social Enterprise in economic development. In particular, learning from the development of Social Enterprise and the experience of other nations in the development of their policies for social enterprise. All members of the Delegation agreed on the need to create a legal framework in order to honour and encourage the development of social enterprise in Vietnam. At the end of the Forum, the Vietnam participants, commit to strongly supporting the legitimization of social enterprise and actively participating in Social Enterprise activities.