"This is not charity. This is Business."

Business with a social objective, which is to help people get out of poverty

About us

The Italian peer for Social Business

The Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence (YSBCUF) is the first centre in Italy accredited by the Yunus Centre in Dhaka, founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus.

Pistoia Social Business Day

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Want to start a Social Business?

Our proposal

Social Business represents a clear and sustainable alternative to the crisis of the dominant economic model.
Social Business fosters societies’ wellbeing starting from the real needs of people, trying to solve the problems of the communities but taking also into account the economic sustainability, typical of traditional enterprises.

Our Centre provides services addressed to every individual or organization who wants to start a Social Business.

Strategic support

The Centre helps individuals and organizations interested in becoming Social Business entrepreneurs and supports them in the development of new products and services. Through the analysis of specific social needs of each context and community and the study of the features of reference markets, the Centre supports the designing of Social Business solutions. Such solutions must be economically sustainable and at the same time must maximize social benefits. 
To learn more about this, please see the experience of Grameen-Danone in France and our initiative with Leroy Merlin Italia.

Research activities

The international debate on Social Business is quite large and still evolving. Besides Muhammad Yunus model, other social entrepreneurship models exist. The Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence team is constantly committed in research activities, aimed at identifying the most efficient methods, tools and practices in this sector.

To see an example of research visit www.fp7-efeseiis.eu.

Training & Workshop

The YSBCUF organizes days of formation for university students and high school students with the objective of introducing new generations to the themes of Social Business.
Every year the YSBCUF involves more than 1’000 students in its training activities.
Moreover, the Centre organizes formative events for adults designed to network different subjects (entrepreneurs, designers, associations, administrators) but equally interested in Social Business, which facilitates the creation of new collaborations and projects.

Social Business Cities

The Social Business can be a useful strategy not only for the resolution of specific social problems, but also for problems of common interest.

With this purpose, the YSBCUF elaborates, in partnerships with local actors, integrated programmes aimed at the creation of an enabling eco-system for the diffusion of Social Business.
The Social Business City Programmes are implemented by partners of the YSBCUF under its supervision and evaluation. Click here to know more about the Social Business Cities .

For information

Yunus Social Business Centre – University of Florence
Tel: +39 0574 602561
+39 0573 27927
Mail: info@sbflorence.org