WHAT WE DO NEXT
"... [COVID-19] has exposed the fragility of our societies and economies to shocks, and it has laid bare deep inequalities... Everything we do during and after this crisis must be with a strong focus on building more equal, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies that are more resilient in the face of pandemics, climate change, and the many other global challenges we face"
— ANTONIO GUTERRES
April 28, 2020
TAKE ACTION NOW.
Governments have a huge role to play in scaling the fourth sector.
However, to succeed, it will take all of us!
As individuals, we wear many hats – as a consumer, voter, employee, board member, or even as a parent, we can contribute to the growth of the fourth sector by supporting, recognizing and choosing it when we can.
Here are some ways anyone can help accelerate the growth of the fourth sector:
> See yourself in the picture...
Do you consider sustainable or for-benefit companies when you shop, invest, or vote? Have you thought about starting a social enterprise or know a friend who is doing so? Have you been developing a piece of the supportive ecosystem through your work?
> Spread the word...
Post, tweet, blog, or talk about for-benefits and the emerging fourth sector as much as you can!
> Contact your representative...
Seeing the fourth sector requires a shift in mindset - reach out to your elected officials and ask them how they are leveraging the fourth sector to help us build back a better economy.
> Join, start or support an effort on this platform...
There is a massive amount of work to be done to scale this sector and its supportive ecosystem. Consider supporting or starting an initiative that helps recognize and scale the sector. <MORE>
> Help grow the Resource Library...
Are you an researcher, academic or represent a think tank? A vast amount of knowledge is needed for the fourth sector to thrive. Contribute to the Resource Library.
> Start or invest in a for-benefit that's responding to the crisis...
Now more than ever we need for-benefits to rise to the challenge - help grow this sector by investing in a for-benefit that's making a difference on an issue you care about.
Intentionally accelerating the growth of the fourth sector presents an unprecedented opportunity to build better and more resilient economies.
To succeed, governments should take the necessary steps to engage the whole of society to participate in and benefit from its growth.
To scale the fourth sector globally and unleash the potential of for-benefit organizations to generate social, economic and environmental benefits we need it to, key strategic interventions from policymakers, business leaders, investors, academia, social innovators, and civil society are needed.
Below are some ways to take action by role.