Even better than learning about Social Traders, was hearing that they did an extensive study with QUT to create a record of social enterprises that already exist in Australia. This initiative, FASES, produced an amazing array of data that describes the past and present state of Australias social traders. Mark pointed out that this type of business has been in action for a while, just under different names, like ‘co-op’. Many of the traders they have on record have been running for 10 years. There are plenty of other fun facts and enlightening discoveries in the full report, which I highly recommend you download here.
The icing on the cake is their Social Enterprise Finder, which allows you to look up social traders in your area, or your area of interest. Goldmine! I’ll be scanning this list for social enterprises I want to work with. Snapshot of the 5 pages of results for Melbourne below.