Impact is
the future
of business


Impact means positive outcomes for our people and our planet.

Impact is the driving force behind social enterprise.


Developing the
social enterprise sector

The Impact Initiative is the online home of the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme, which is a partnership between the Department of Internal Affairs and the Ākina Foundation. They are supported by the Community Enterprise Network Trust (CENT).

The programme is focussed on building the overall conditions for a thriving social enterprise sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

A thriving social enterprise sector can help tackle serious social and environmental problems like inequality, poverty, waste, biodiversity loss and climate breakdown.

Miranda and Jacinta from  Dignity NZ

Miranda and Jacinta from Dignity NZ

Here’s how we’re creating
the conditions for social enterprises to succeed…


Capability Building
Learning from and continuing to develop the capability of social enterprises following on from year one research, and the regional hubs pilot.


Demonstrating the impact social enterprises are working towards and how that impact aligns with the Government’s goals.


Finance & Legal
Reducing barriers to growth created by legal structures, so more enterprises can unlock funds. Building the impact investment movement.


Social Procurement
Working to grow the depth and breadth of procurement opportunities available to social enterprises.


Programme Reports


Structuring for Impact

Social enterprise is about prioritising impact as well as profit. This report is about New Zealand’s legal structures and how Social Enterprise does not fit neatly within our existing business models. Read more…

Transforming our Economy

This comprehensive report lays out the capital needs of social enterprises and the path forward for the continued growth of impact investment in Aotearoa. Read more…

Part of a Larger Whole

Looking back at what has come before, this report It argues that Social Enterprise is an important part of a movement working to address some of our most challenging problems. Read more…

Social Enterprise