This is not the first time that a new sector of the economy has emerged. 

Not long ago, after decades of informal activity, nonprofits were finally legally recognized as a third sector of the economy, overcoming the two-sector thinking that was prevalent then. 

Like the sector itself, existing knowledge about the fourth sector is nascent and fragmented. We invite you to co-create a living library of fourth sector knowledge resources to support all the stakeholders who are engaged in developing the sector.

Fourth Sector 2030

Fourth Sector Group, SEGIB, UNDP, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Dalberg

For-Benefit Investment & Finance Blueprint

Fourth Sector Group

Business with Purpose and the rise of the fourth sector in Ibero-America

SEGIB, IE Business School

Purpose-driven leadership for the 21st century: How corporate purpose is fundamental to reimagining capitalism 2017-2019 Multi Year CEO Study

Christa Gyori, Tatiana Kazakova, Brad Gyori

The EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

For-Benefit Procurement Guide


The Role of Business in the Circular Economy Markets, Processes and Enabling Policies

Vasileios Rizos / Arno Behrens / Eleanor Drabik / David Rinaldi / Katja Tuokko

The For-Benefit Entreprise

Heerad Sabeti

Profiles of for-benefit organizations

Fourth Sector Policy Blueprint

Fourth Sector Group

The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice

Global Impact Investing Network

Embracing complexity Towards a shared understanding of funding systems change

Ashoka, Systemiq, Skoll, Catalyst 2030, Echoing Green, Schwab Foundation, McKinsey&Co, Co-Impact

People, Health and Nature: A Sub-Saharan African Transformation Agenda

Food and Land Use Coalition

Delivering the Circular Economy: A toolkit for policymakers

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

For-Benefit Businesses Blueprint

Fourth Sector Group

Fourth Sector Taxonomy Framework

Fourth Sector Group

For-Benefit Business and the Future of the Corporation

The British Academy

Beyond Organizational Scale: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Systems Change

Schwab Foundation

Business As Unusual: How Social Intrapreneurs Can Transform Companies

Yunus Social Business

Growing Better: Ten Critical Transitions to Transform Food and Land Use

Food and Land Use Coalition

Supplier Sustainability Performance: Beyond Auditing


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