Seeking meaningful jobs that let you do good? These Amsterdam-based social enterprises are hiring now



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Social entrepreneurship is a fairly young topic. But it has received increasing attention in the past few years, particularly its contribution to employment. Many entrepreneurs are seeking to create a business model that is not only profitable but also adds value to society. 

Amsterdam is one of the front runners in Europe when it comes to strengthening the ecosystem of impact entrepreneurship. The City of Amsterdam launched the Amsterdam Impact programme to focus on strengthening the ecosystem for all impact enterprises. And many of them are hiring.

We have listed some of the Amsterdam-based social enterprise companies that are hiring right now. Check them out.

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The Social Handshake 

The Social Handshake is a fintech startup that makes doing good easy for companies and individuals. 

The Amsterdam startup allows employees to automatically donate a small or large part of their salary to charity. This ‘fintech for good’ startup also includes tax incentives for employees and strengthens the purpose of companies.

Last year, the company launched the seasonal ‘KerstGift’ or Christmas Giving, which uses a similar structure to donate Christmas gifts from employers.

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Check out the vacancies here.

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Cyberbank is an initiative of organisations Cybersoek, ICT Vanaf Morgen en Allemaal Digitaal.

People in Amsterdam who can’t afford a laptop of their own can pick up a refurbished device. Barring the €20 deposit, the laptops are free of charge. 

The bank says that around 20 per cent of people in Amsterdam lack digital skills. For low-income people, buying a laptop or computer can be too expensive. Similar to a food bank handing out food, the Cyberbank hands out laptops to those in need.

Besides supporting the people of Amsterdam with hardware, Cyberbank also supplies digital support for people that need help using their devices. Cyberbank is hiring. Check vacancies here.

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Impact Hub Amsterdam

Impact Hub Amsterdam is a part of the global Impact Hub network of impact entrepreneurs and innovators with more than 17,000 members in over 102+ locations in 50 countries spanning five continents. 

To date, the entrepreneurial team has already helped more than 4000 companies to become more sustainable and make more impact. The network is focused on the food sector, circular economy, inclusive society, and fashion sector.

Clients include Tommy Hilfiger, Chivas, Cartier, WWF Netherlands, The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and What Design Can Do. Explore the job opportunities here.

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Oma’s Soup

Oma’s Soup aims to battle loneliness among the elderly in a sustainable way.

Loneliness among elderly people is a growing problem. Almost half of the elderly in the Netherlands (1.4M) feel lonely regularly, claims the company. 

The company organises jolly cooking days during which young and old people make soup (or hotpot) together. The cooking days are organised at multiple locations in the Netherlands.

To reduce food waste, Oma’s Soup picks up leftover vegetables and herbs at supermarkets and greengrocers every week and uses them during the cooking days.

Right now, the social enterprise company is hiring for an internship across five departments. Click here to explore.

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Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale is a web store that recycles plastic and uses it to manufacture furniture. The company, based out of Amsterdam, is on a mission to make the world’s waters plastic-free and create value from plastic waste. 

As per the company’s claims, a part of the proceeds will be invested in local initiatives across the world that tackle the plastic problem.

According to the company, the plastic it collects is recycled into furniture and more boats—the same kind of boats that are used by the company for fishing plastics. 

It currently has a fleet of six design boats made from Amsterdam Canal Plastic. If you’d like to join the team, take a look at the job vacancies here

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Sinzer is a software platform for measuring impact, which helps organisations to make better decisions, improve impact and be accountable to stakeholders.The company’s software enables organisations to map impact, collect data efficiently, and analyse the results. Sinzer works with social investors and mission-driven organisations in measuring, managing, and maximising their impact. 

Do you want to work for a wide range of national and international clients? Check out your options here

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De Tweede Jeugd

De Tweede Jeugd gives bread a second life by making new, high-quality products from bakers’ leftover bread. 

Based in Amsterdam, De Tweede Jeugd supplies its circular toasted sandwiches, toasts, and croutons to catering, retail, and consumers. The company’s mission is to process as much residual bread as possible into new products so that the value of the residual product is not lost. 

Interested in combating bread wastage together? Check out the vacancies here

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Makers Unite 

Makers Unite is a textile-based creative agency with a big social mission. The Dutch company aims to support newcomers with access to the job market through the collaborative design and production of sustainable products.

The company offers a platform for social inclusion providing equal opportunities to newcomers and locals by making products with a story that matters. Are you interested? Click here to apply.

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Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise NL is the driving force behind the growing movement of social entrepreneurs in the Netherlands. It consists of companies with a primarily social purpose, an innovative scalable approach, and a sustainable revenue model. 

Right now, Social Enterprise NL aims to professionalise and make more impact with the help of workshops, growth programmes, and network events, among other things. 

Would you like to contribute to a better world? Click here.

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The Amsterdam-based company assists organisations to improve their impact strategies and strengthen their organisations. Avance is specialised in making added value measurable and has a strong track record in result and impact measurement and management. 

Currently, the company works with impact funds, NGOs, companies with an impact mission, and governmental organisations. Want to join Avance? Click here to check out your options.

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Deedmob is an online volunteering platform connecting volunteers, charities, and government institutions to boost collaboration and maximise social impact. 

The social tech company aims to leverage the impact of volunteering by facilitating better matches between organisations and volunteers. Additionally, they also help companies with social marketing, corporate social responsibility, and corporate volunteering. Right now, the company is looking for impactful people to join. Click here to apply.

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