Refashion My Town is excitedly participating in this eBay for Change programme to raise awareness of the fast-fashion pandemic that is currently overtaking the world. We want to help young people find their identity, and purpose by building a community of like-minded individuals for a more sustainable future through pre-loved fashion, music and art.
ebay has partnered up with Social Enterprise UK and the World Fair Trade Organisation, to help support small businesses reinvest their profits back into their communities, which is essential for driving social and environmental change!
eBay believes that every business has the power for positive change and this is where the eBay for Change programme comes into play. This programme is here to support social entrepreneurs and help create jobs in vulnerable and marginalised communities by growing the social enterprise sector.
Social Enterprise UK has created a State of Social Enterprise Report that researches the social enterprise sector and here are some key findings:
47% of social enterprises are under five years old.
47% of social enterprises are led by women.
31% of social enterprises have directors from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
74% made a profit or broke even in 2020.
72% of social enterprises said they were a Living Wage employer.
The report findings can be found on the Social Enterprise UK website and it shows that social enterprises are businesses that are changing the world for the better. This is why there is an active need to help social enterprises and that can be seen through the eBay for Change programme.
The programme has two parts where the first part helps bring social enterprises onto eBay and the second part supports the next generation of e-commerce social enterprises through the first dedicated e-commerce social entrepreneur start-up programme.
It is great to help social enterprises to promote, encourage and make social change and these enterprises have a huge role in creating a future which delivers more for the people, environment and planet. We must invest in social enterprises as they can also provide income generation opportunities to people from marginalised backgrounds. So nobody is left behind.
Many countries are adopting this approach of boosting social enterprises and investing in them. This can be seen in Europe. To boost social enterprises, 16 EU countries have adopted new legislation during the past decade and 11 countries have created explicit policies to support the development.
To find out more about what we are doing in this programme, follow our social media @RefashionMyTown on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!