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THE ROLE OF THE SOCIAL AND SOLIDARITY ECONOMY IN BUILDING BACK BETTER
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:
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.
As part of the OECD and EU strategic objectives to promote inclusive, smart, resilient and sustainable growth, this project aims to:
The project will develop:
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.
Further resourses linked to this project:
For general information about the Global Action, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is funded by the European Union