Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Building capacities for enhanced productivity in the co-operative sector in Italy


 1 December 2021  14.00-16.00 CET Remote participation

Organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development in co-operation with Invitalia and the Italian Ministry of Economic Development


An OECD report published in early 2021 explored the spatial dimension of productivity in the co-operatives of Italy, a country that heavily relies on them for inclusive employment and job creation during crises. Evidence points to the place-specific factors that are linked with the concentration and productivity of co-operatives across regions, sectors and firm size classes in Italy, as well as in Spain for comparative purposes. A comprehensive set of recommendations attempts to guide policy efforts aimed at boosting co-operatives’ productivity in Italy.

Why this webinar series ?

In a post-pandemic world, co-operatives could make a major contribution to steering the economy towards sustainable models, provided that productivity growth allows them to further pursue their economic and social objectives in the future. This project aims to address the capacity building need for enhanced productivity in Italian co-operatives through specialised webinars organised by the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development. Therefore, it can be conceived as a tool to operationalise the body of knowledge stemming from the above-mentioned report.  


The target group includes managers from the national co-operative representative organisations, which are key actors in Italy’s industrial relations system. Managers of regional representations as well as of individual co-operatives playing a prominent role across local industries and regional economies are also welcomed to join. The policy community at both national and regional level constitutes another major target group.

Webinars calendar

Webinar #1 | 1 December 2021 | Learning from thriving regional co-operative ecosystems 

Webinar open to the public | Working language: English

Participants benefitted from a blend of theoretical knowledge and selected case studies for peer-learning purposes. OECD literature and research conducted by the partner organisations of the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab at the OECD Trento Centre fed the discussion.


  • Jabier Retegi Albisua, Senior Associate Researcher, Orkestra – Basque Institute of Competitiveness, Spain
  • Chiara Carini, Researcher, European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (EURICSE)
  • Sara Chester, Co-executive Director, The Industrial Commons, US
  • Mattia Corbetta, Policy Analyst, OECD Trento Centre for Local Development
  • Maria Benedetta Francesconi, Italian Ministry of Economic Development
  • Molly Hemstreet, Co-executive Director, The Industrial Commons, US
  • Alessandra Proto, Head, OECD Trento Centre for Local Development
  • Roberto Rizzardo, Director, Attracting Foreign Investment and Relaunching Production - Service Unit Manager, Invitalia
  • Alexandra Tsvetkova, Lead, Spatial Productivity Lab, OECD Trento Centre for Local Development
  • Wessel Vermeulen, Economist, OECD Trento Centre for Local Development

Webinar #2 | 15 December 2021 | The policy framework: a key requirement for enhanced productivity

Webinar by invitation only | Working language: Italian




Material & Information


Agenda and presentations | webinar #1




Webinar #1 (English language) on 1 December 2021 was open to the public, subject to registration.

Webinar #2 (Italian language) on 15 December 2021 is by invitation only. If you are interested in participating, please contact us. The webinar will be recorded and make available after the event. 






The OECD report

The spatial dimension of productivity in Italian co-operatives (IT version)

Read the Policy Highlights (IT version)
March 2021 



Further OECD readings

Social impact measurement for the Social and Solidarity Economy. OECD Global Action Promoting Social & Solidarity Economy Ecosystems
September 2021

Regional Strategies for the Social Economy. Examples from France, Spain, Sweden and Poland
May 2020

More papers on social economy and innovation


Webinar #1


Project Partners 

Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico‌‌ Invitalia‌‌