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Both! XENSHA is a business operated on a cooperative basis, which makes it a form of social enterprise. Cooperatives are ethical, member-owned businesses that remain aligned with the basic principles set out by the the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in the mid-1800s, including concern for community, democratic management, and distribution of net income based on use (which in the case of a worker-owned cooperative means value of work product) rather than capital investment.
These values and commitments are partially found today in newer concepts like benefit corporations and the Certified B Corporation® program. We see the merit of these new ideas in changing business from being purely driven by profit, and we see the value of using the metrics of these programs as a way to measure our impact beyond the workforce; we underwent the evaluation process and became a Certified B-Corp in late 2017 to emphasize our commitment to transparency and accountability. That said, cooperatives have been working this way across economic sectors for more than 150 years. We are the historical leaders in social enterprise, drawing on a long history of successes and lessons learned.
If you are looking for a way to make a change in the world, a worker-owned cooperative like ours may be an excellent means of pursuing your professional goals in a context of business ownership, democratic management, and commitment to positive community and social impact.