Doing good found to take its toll as more social entrepreneurs report burnout – Reuters

Written by Sarah Shearman, Belinda Goldsmith

SAN FRANCISCO/ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Passionate and dedicated to the cause, businesses leaders on a mission to help society and the environment are increasingly coming up against an unexpected hurdle – burnout.

Globally social entrepreneurship is on the rise, with more businesses being set up with the aim of making a profit that can be used to address problems like unemployment, homelessness, mental health, knife crime and even loneliness.

But juggling these responsibilities can often take a toll on the business leaders’ mental health and wellbeing, according to academics, health professionals, and social entrepreneurs attending two of the sector’s major annual events this week.

“Creating a business that does good while simultaneously ensuring that the business itself is sustainable is not an easy task,” said Gabriella Cacciotti, assistant professor in entrepreneurship at Britain’s University of Warwick.

“The goals of ‘doing good’ and ‘making money’ may be incompatible, as making progress toward one of these goals requires actions and decisions that can undermine progress toward the other.”

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