Social Enterprise Unraveled. Best practice from the Netherlands

Social Enterprise Unraveled. Best practice from the Netherlands


The social enterprise is an up and coming phenomenon around the world. Businesses with a primary aim to better the world are claiming a distinct place amongst commercial enterprises, charities and public sector organizations. Social Enterprise Unraveled, by Mark Hillen en Willemijn Verloop, describes the best practice from the impact first business sector in the Netherlands.

The book portrays an inspiring picture of the social enterprise, what it is and what it’s not. How it works and what the challenges are. With a wide range of examples from the Netherlands, most of which can also be found elsewhere across the globe. An Easy to read book, insightful and inspiring  with global relevance. For everybody interested in social entrepreneurship and its growing impact on our society at large.

Social Enterprise Unraveled describes 23 best practices from the Dutch social enterprise sector, for example Taxi Electric, TexelEnergie and Fairphone. It describes the character, the importance and the challenges of the enterprise and paints a picture of the entrepreneur, the man or woman who turns his or her social mission into a unique business model.

Must read
Social Enterprise Unraveled is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the phenomenon of the social enterprise.

Verloop and Hillen: “The focus of the book is to inspire, in which role whatsoever, entrepreneurs, consumers, policymakers, clients or financiers, to recognize the value of social enterprises to form a new, clean and fair economy where everyone can participate.”

About the authors:
Mark Hillen & Willemijn Verloop are the founders of Social Enterprise NL, the Dutch platform for social enterprises. Willemijn Verloop was founder and for fifteen years executive director of the international humanitarian organization War Child. Mark Hillen was Managing Partner at Accenture, the largest Business Consulting Firm in the world.

‘Social Enterprise is an essential part of the European social and economic model. This book gives a lively and engaging account of what is happening today in the Netherlands. The various good practices need to be shared. I hope to see many people inspired reading these stories.’
Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services

“An ideal read for any aspiring entrepreneur. When I started TOMS in 2006, I wish I’d had a handbook that walked me through the successes and pitfalls of those who had gone before me. Social Enterprise unraveld offers a number of case studies that enlighten and educate all of us who believe business can serve a social good.” 
— Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS

Social Enterprise Unraveled is a translation from the Dutch book ‘Verbeter de Wereld, Begin een Bedrijf’ (November 2013) and from now on available on Amazon. Click here to purchase (print and ebook).


About Social Enterprise NL
Social Enterprise NL is the national platform that represents, connects and supports social enterprises in the Netherlands. The mission is to strengthen the social enterprise sector in the Netherlands and multiply the size and social impact of social enterprises. At the moment Social Enterprise NL has connected 200 social enterprise members from 16 different industries on its platform. Social Enterprise NL is the premier organization directly supporting social enterprises in the Netherlands.

Requests & more information
If you have any questions about Social Enterprise Unraveled, Social Enterprise NL, the Dutch social enterprise sector or interview requests, please contact Meike Zwaan (


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