The Social Economy Thematic Network (SEN) took part in the conference organised on behalf of the European Commission by a Technopolis Group lead consortium in the context of the study “Cooperation between social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises”, commissioned by the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) of the European Commission.
Social economy enterprises and traditional, for-profit enterprises collaborate in many ways. Together, they can co-create value for both partners and become a real source of jobs and social impact in Europe. Yet, the potential of value creation through collaboration between these two types of enterprises is not fully exploited. The conference aimed to bring together representatives of social economy enterprises and traditional enterprises, policy makers, stakeholders and representatives of networks and umbrella organisations in order to provide an opportunity to exchange experience and open new avenues for collaboration. The focus was on maximising social impact from both traditional and new types of enterprises while also discussing the role of collaboration.
The Social Economy Thematic Network (SEN) hold 3 workshops during the event related to European Social Fund. First one was on the smart funding as an ignition for new cooperation models, which examined practices from France and Belgium (Flanders).Second was on social franchising, which started with inspirational examples of Le Mat from Sweden and Trame d'Italia from Italy.The last one was on the work integration, presenting Spanish and French networks (Ilunion and Demain).
Possible theme for the next meeting in October 2018 was discussed: public procurement and for the following meeting in 2019: social impact measurement.