Développement économique et création locale d’emplois (LEED)

Global Action to promote Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems


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In 2020, the OECD launched the Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems”, funded by the European Union’s Foreign Partnership Instrument, that will cover more than 30 countries over a period of three years. This work targets all EU countries and non-EU countries such as Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States. 

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The Social and Solidarity Economy can support efficiency and resilience and act as a strong vehicle for social innovation. It can also inspire businesses to improve service delivery, promote citizen engagement, and contribute to the green transition. We need to ensure that national, regional and local authorities support and stimulate the social economy by sharing good practices and solutions to common challenges.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant global economic and social disruption. Our economies are beginning to recover, with global growth projected to reach 5.6% in 2021, so the time is ripe to reflect on the lessons of the crisis. Key among these lessons is the importance of the social economy, which accounts for 6 8% of GDP in EU countries.

The OECD is thankful for its longstanding and fruitful cooperation with the European Commission to support the design and delivery of policies to develop the social economy and social entrepreneurship in the EU Member States, and globally through our Global Action. Now, more than ever, the OECD stands ready to work with the European Commission to promote the social economy as a key agent of change for a stronger, fairer, greener, and more inclusive recovery.

Watch the speech delivered by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, at the European Social Economy Summit on 26 May 2021:


  • Why this project?

Growing inequalities, persistent unemployment and environmental imperatives have come to the fore as priority policy issues, even more so with the COVID-19 pandemic. In this context, the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) can contribute to building more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies. The SSE has indeed proved to be a longstanding agent of inclusive growth.

The main characteristic of the SSE is doing business differently, often through social innovation. Traditional SSE organisations and more recent forms, such as social enterprises, all share a common approach that puts people at the core of their mission and business model, while also paying attention to social and, often, environmental issues. Despite the increasingly recognised importance of the SSE, many countries still struggle to develop conducive ecosystems and to access good practices at the international level. This project will thus focus on two critical policy levers that can help unlock the potential of the SSE, namely legal frameworks and social impact measurement.

  • Objectives

As part of the OECD and EU strategic objectives to promote inclusive, smart, resilient and sustainable growth, this project aims to:

  • Support the SSE, including social enterprise development and internationalisation
  • Raise awareness and capacity to build conducive national and local ecosystems for SSE development
  • Promote knowledge and other exchanges at the international level

  • How will this project achieve these goals?

The project will develop:

  • An international Guide on Legal Frameworks for the SSE
  • An international Guide on Social Impact Measurement for the SSE
  • Peer-learning partnerships (PLPs) to create knowledge and experience sharing opportunities between different countries and stakeholders on different topics critical to SSE development
  • Country fact sheets on the SSE 
  • Thematic papers (e.g. conceptual framework for the SSE; the internationalisation of the SSE; women and the SSE; the SSE in the (post) COVID-19 recovery)


The 1st conference of the Global Action The Social and Solidarity Economy: from the Margins to the Mainstream will take place from 13-16 September 2021.


Call for Papers and Case Studies

As part of the conference, we launched a call for papers and case studies (now closed) to look for policies, initiatives and practices on a range of topics concerning the social and solidarity economy. Selected papers and case studies will be featured in OECD work.

Check this web page in the coming weeks to learn about the selected papers and case studies.


Further resourses linked to this project:

Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems flyer

Summary of the 10th December 2020 Webinar: Leveraging Legal Frameworks to Scale the Social and Solidarity Economy



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This project is funded by the European Union


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