Exclusive: U.S. named top country for entrepreneurs using business to do good but public puzzled – poll

By Pietro Lombardi and Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States is the best country for business leaders seeking to tackle social problems, according to the first experts’ poll on the top nations for social entrepreneurs, but their work is still a mystery to most people, hampering growth.Canada and Britain came second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of almost 900 social enterprise experts in the world’s 45 biggest economies, with Singapore and Israel rounding out the top five.Turkey ranked as having the worst environment for social entrepreneurs, scoring poorly in most of 12 indicators used to measure political, economic, regulatory and cultural factors. Ireland and Venezuela also fared badly.Most experts, 85 percent, said the number of social entrepreneurs finding ways of combining business with social purpose was growing although there is little data tracking the sector.They cited ventures such as U.S. …