The best countries to be asocial entrepreneur

About the poll

Increasing numbers of social entrepreneurs all over the world are using business to help tackle social problems, but there is little data to point to which countries are encouraging this growing sector. To fill this void, the Thomson Reuters Foundation teamed up with Deutsche Bank’s CSR Made for Good global enterprise programme for social good, to conduct the first global experts’ poll on the best countries for social entrepreneurs in 2016, generating widespread discussion across the sector. This year we repeated the survey, with some surprising results.

Our findings highlight areas of strength and weakness in the world’s 45 biggest economies – and how this has changed in the past three years. Our findings give social entrepreneurs, policy makers and investors the research needed to further discuss, explore and pursue innovative ways of doing business for good. We also highlight countries where women and young social entrepreneurs are playing more of role and the cities deemed to be hotspots for new style businesses seeking to have social impact.

6 key areas:

  • Government

  • Attracting
    Skilled Staff

  • Public

  • Making a

  • Gaining

  • Access to

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The 10 best countries to be a social entrepreneur 2019

TOP 10

Click on a country name to view the full breakdown of results for that country for 2019 and a comparison to 2016 or click on a category to see how a country scored for a particular category.

See the full ranking of 44 countries


The women’s poll shows where women fare best as social entrepreneurs with a comparison to 2016. This ranking takes into account two questions: representation in leadership roles in social enterprises and the gender pay gap.

See the result of the women poll

Youth Poll

An inaugural survey on the role of social entrepreneurs aged under 25 shows where younger people are playing the greatest role in the sector. This ranking takes into account two questions: interest in working in social enterprises and the impact of having younger people involved in the sector.

See the result of the youth poll
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