Social Enterprise

Social enterprises are businesses that work primarily to improve the lives of people. Their core objective is to achieve a social, societal, or environmental impact. They frequently work to support disadvantaged groups; including people experiencing long-term unemployed, youth unemployment, people of differing abilities and ex-offenders, or to address, issues such as health and well-being, food poverty, social housing, or environmental challenges such as safe recycling and reuse.

Like other businesses, social enterprises pursue their objectives by trading in goods and services on an ongoing basis. However, any surpluses generated by social enterprises are re-invested into achieving social objectives, rather than maximising profit for their owners.

The Conference 2022

To help further develop the sector, Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, has announced the 4th Annual National Social Enterprise Conference which will take place on International Social Enterprise Day, Thursday 17 November 2022.

This event will be held in person in the Morrison Hotel, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1, and will also be virtually live-streamed.

The National Social Enterprise Policy 2019-2022 includes a commitment to hold an annual Social Enterprise Conference as part of its objective to Build Awareness of Social Enterprise. The Conference aims to provide networking opportunities, disseminate information, share experiences and inform policy implementation.

Heather Humphreys, Minister for Social Protection,  Minister for Rural and Community Development

The Theme of the Conference is: ‘A New Beginning’

You can confirm your attendance via the ‘Register’ below before Wednesday 16 November at Noon.

  • Click HERE to attend the in-person event in Dublin
  • Click HERE to attend the live-streamed event Online

Recycle IT hope you enjoy the National Social Enterprise Conference 2022 whether attending in person or online.

You can learn more about Social Enterprise in Ireland here.

About Recycle IT

Recycle IT, is an award-winning Dublin-based, not-for-profit, social enterprise offering electrical, electronic and metal recycling. Services are provided in partnership with WEEE Ireland. Recycle IT is supported by Pobal, the Dormant Accounts Fund, and South Dublin County Council. Recycle IT is authorised by the National Waste Collection Permit Office and the local authorities across Leinster.

For further details about our free and cost-effective services call us on 01 4578321, email or visit the Recycle IT website at

Ireland’s Fourth National Social Enterprise Conference

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