Social franchising is the application of the business format franchising model to address societal issues such as joblessness, drug use, poverty, disease, sanitation, access to potable water, lack of education, etc. The Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) is engaged in academic endeavors to produce timely and relevant franchise-related research and forecasts impacting the field of franchising, including the emerging social franchising sector.
The RIFC Global Social Franchise Index is an annual index that ranks 131 countries according to the impacts social entrepreneurship and social franchising can have on their country’s citizens’ well-being. This index incorporates metrics that include a country’s citizens’ health conditions, education levels, income, population size, as well as the riskiness of operating in that country.
In accordance with the Rosenberg International Franchise Center (RIFC) mission to conduct research and provide educational material about franchising, we have compiled bibliography lists on international franchise, social franchise, and franchise finance academic research to assist students, entrepreneurs, and the wider franchise community.
View recordings of UNH-hosted social franchising webinars.
Social Sector Franchising Task Force (International Franchise Association)
Spring Impact (formerly The International Centre for Social Franchising)