Who we are

Social Business Lab Pistoia (SBLP) is an association of social promotion, which has been active on the territory of the town of Pistoia since August 2015. SBLP has the goal to promote, in particular in Pistoia and in its area, the culture and the practice of social enterprise (Social Business) in its various forms, drawing on experience, teaching and on the principles elaborated by Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Social Business Lab Pistoia was born from to the will of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pistoia e Pescia and Fondazione Un Raggio di Luce Onlus in order to reinforce and consolidate the initiative Social Business City, a program of activities, which focuses on the promotion of the culture of the social enterprise in the town of Pistoia, inaugurated in July 2012.

The Program, at the beginning promoted by the two Foundations of Pistoia and by Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence, the first Italian Centre validated by Yunus Centre of Dhaka (Bangladesh), which has been founded since the Nobel Peace Prize Muhammad Yunus, made Pistoia the first Social Business City in Italy and the third in the world. Indeed, Pistoia has been the first Italian town where this Program is implemented and it belongs to an international network of cities which join the Program SBC, among which: Wiesbden (Germany), Fukuoka (Japan) and Barcelona (Spain).


The association SBLP carries on the following activities:

  • Promotion, in every range, from the world of school, of culture and of the activity of the social enterprise, also through activities of education, research and planning;
  • Encouragement and support to the birth of new social enterprises and to the reinforcement of the existing ones;
  • Proposal of services and consultation to the social enterprises in their various expressions.

For info:

Social Business Lab Pistoia

Via Abbi Pazienza 1 – 51100 Pistoia (PT) Italia
tel: +39 0573 27927 mail: pistoia@socialbusinesslab.org