The goal of social enterprises is to employ those with a weaker position in the labour market

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The employment of those in a weak position in the labour market improves their social standing and promotes an increase in the employment rate in Finland. The goal of social enterprises that integrate people into work is the employment of, for example, those with partial working ability or the long-term unemployed.

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According to the strategy of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, a social enterprise conducts business to achieve its social objective and to use most of its profits or surplus to further this objective. Responsibility, openness, and transparency are emphasised in the operations of social enterprises.

Work itself helps integrate a person into society, but sometimes they may need, for example, retraining, support for employability, or support for other aspects of life to enable the transition to work. In practice integration includes, for example, different types of coaching or work in different employment relationships or supported forms of work.

In order for integration into work to be successful, the concept of work must be expanded, for example, as follows: work is a productive activity in the service of a company or other organisation, whether paid or unpaid. One tool for integration could be, among other things, a work try-out to test out a new career option, which is normal work but unpaid. The ultimate goal in this means of integration is to move to paid employment or to become an entrepreneur.

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