Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

International conference on social entrepreneurship (Rome, Italy)



14 June 2010, Rome, Italy


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The OECD has been analyzing, for more than a decade, both social entrepreneurship - that is entrepreneurship which aims to provide innovative solutions to unsolved social problems and challenges - and the social dimension of enterprises, namely through reflection on corporate social responsibility. The Vatican, in the recent encyclical «Caritas in Veritate», paid great attention to the multiple forms that entrepreneurship can and should adopt and stated that there is a need to expand the boundaries of entrepreneurship so to overcome the polarization of the market and the State. Entrepreneurship is an important vehicle for job creation and well-being. It can foster social inclusion and contribute to social capital creation when it puts people at the heart of its concerns and aims to provide sustainable responses to people’s essential needs. The current employment crises, and its social consequences, effectively highlight the need for the public policies to better reconcile economy and society.

The dialogue between the OECD and the Vatican provided an opportunity to examine and reflect on how to understand the new trends in the relationship between state, market and society, together with new ideas on how to enhance the role of social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, so that they can concretely address the significant challenges of unemployment and social exclusion. Also participating in this dialogue was its host, the National Council of the Economy and Labour (CNEL), as the body representing the interest of work and labour, and “organized civil society”. The CNEL is very interested in defining new economic and social governance practices based on responsibility and participation.



Opening session

Chaired by Prof. Antonio Marzano, President, CNEL and AICESIS

The economic and social recovery between uncertainty and new values
Prof. Antonio Marzano, President of the CNEL and the AICESIS

The role of social entrepreneurship and the Christian Social doctrine
H.E. Card. Peter K. Turkson, President of the Vatican Council of Justice and Peace

How social entrepreneurship can help us achieve sustainable social progress
Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary General, OECD

The Gospel of work
H.E. Mons. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

Panel discussion on social entrepreneurship: new avenues for job creation and social inclusion

Moderated by Mr. Sergio Arzeni, Director of the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE)

Prof. Thierry Sibieude, Director of the Institute of Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, ESSEC, France

Ms. Hilde Schwab, President of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland

Mr. François Perigot, Past President of the International Entrepreneur Organisation and CEO’s of the Group Multinational Enterprises on the Christian Social Doctrine, France

Prof. Giuseppe Acocella, Professor of Social Ethics & Dean of the University of Luspio, Italy

Mr. Arnaud Mourot, Director in charge of development in Europe, Ashoka, France

Dr. Philippe Goodwin, Head of the Global Programme in the Creative and Knowledge Economy, British Council, United Kingdom

Conclusive remarks

Dr. Michele Dau, Italian delegate to and Vice-President of the OECD LEED Directing Committee

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For further information on this conference, please contact Ms. Antonella Noya at the OECD Secretariat.


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