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date: 13 November 2019

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We address social responsibility through the lens of entrepreneurship. We first describe difficulties faced by specific disadvantaged populations, such as women, minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities. We then describe how models used by social enterprises—that is, non-profit and for-profit ventures with a primary goal of helping a disadvantaged group—can help. Social responsibility is at the core of social enterprises that provide services and products for the disadvantaged, while entrepreneurship within disadvantaged populations is an often overlooked element in the discussion of CSR and entrepreneurship. Though they may not have explicitly altruistic goals, members of disadvantaged populations engaging in self-employment and micro-enterprises use their work to offset disadvantage, which is implicitly socially responsible. This inclusive view of entrepreneurship by the disadvantaged, combined with the unconflicted CSR of entrepreneurship for the disadvantaged, provides a basis for researching entrepreneurship that is more concerned with positive outcomes than negative barriers.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, disadvantage, disability, minority entrepreneurship, women’s entrepreneurship, social responsibility

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