We see support for social enterprise in the Czech Republic as an
important aspect of our socially responsible strategy in business
Our vision is to ease the way for social enterprises, in progressing from an
idea to a successfully established company. That is why we offer them not only
loans, but also regular training seminars at the Ceska Sporitelna Academy of
Social Enterprise and support the student contest. Our parent group, Erste, has
also supported this field intensely since 2008, through its good.bee [new window]initiative.
In September 2015, we are launching a new acceleration programme, First
Impact, in conjunction with Impact HUB Praha. It is designed for organisations
and teams that work with socially disadvantaged or disabled people or are
extending a helping hand to people on the fringe of society.
By social enterprise, we mean business activities that are beneficial to
society and the environment. It plays an important role in local
development and often creates work opportunities for people with health,
social, or cultural handicaps. Most of the profit is used for further
development of the enterprise. For a social enterprise, achieving a profit
and increasing public benefit are equally important; it is based on the triple
benefit concept – economic, social, and environmental.
A legal entity, its part, or a natural person who upholds the principles of
a social enterprise can apply for a social loan from Ceska sporitelna. We
approach each applicant individually, which is why we advise you to approach
our specialised advisors.