Longitudinal Study of Eco-Inclusive Enterprise Performance (Part I)

An Investigation Into The Triple Bottom Line Performance Of Micro And Small Social And Environmental Enterprises In Developing Countries (Part I)  

SEED seeks to increase knowledge and understanding about small-scale social and environmental enterprises. In 2009, SEED and its research partner, IISD, started a three-year study into the performance of these enterprises and the findings are available in the two reports below.

Two key questions have driven the investigation:

  • Is it possible to determine whether and how such enterprises are making a contribution to social, environmental and economic progress within their communities; and
  • What are the enabling factors and barriers to making that contribution?

The study has been published in two parts. Part 1 presents the findings from the survey of 2011 SEED applicants and winners, noting any variations with previous cohorts. It includes:

  • A gender analysis of the full Cohort, comparing responses from women-led enterprises to those led by men;
  • A focus on South African respondents, for SEED South Africa: the first national SEED programme; and 
  • An analysis of the 2011 SEED Winners data, compared to the full Cohort.

The full report can be read here. You can also read a summary of the research report here