Italy emerged as the top country for public understanding of what social entrepreneurs do, up 9 points from 2016, and the third best for attracting staff with the right skills. However, government policies were found lacking and conditions for setting up and growing businesses for good became more difficult. As a result, the country's overall ranking lost 6 points, down to 18th place.
“We need a new legal definition for social enterprises, because now we are treated like any other commercial enterprise. Policymakers should make it easier for us because we don't have the same resources, and at the same time we are giving back to society."