European Project Social Seeds
Exploiting Potentials of Social Enterprises through a Standardized European Evaluation and Development System
Due to the recognition that social enterprises (SEs) can play an important role in overcoming current societal challenges, the interest in them has increased throughout Europe in recent years.
Social enterprises in the European Union generate 10 percent of the European economic output (GDP), create 11 million jobs (equivalent to approximately 4.5% of the working population in the EU) and represent 25% of all new start-ups in the EU; in Finland, France and Belgium even over 30%.
Motivated by the above facts, SOCIAL SEEDS brings together regional and national policymakers dedicated to social change in their regions and countries by improving regional policy instruments. The project also aims to provide policymakers with an evidence-based diagnostic tool that will increase the effectiveness of local and regional action to stimulate growth and employment (especially for marginalized social groups) in social enterprises, and improve their ecosystems in European cities and regions. Therefore, a public measuring and labeling system will be developed specifically for social enterprises. Policy makers can then use this system when choosing policy measures, effectively contributing to the development of the SE sector. In addition, all SOCIAL SEEDS project partners of the will develop regional action plans to serve as a basis for further activities and to support policy tools for SEs. Managing Authorities of the participating regions are dedicated to act on the findings of the project and apply the adapted policy instruments in the second phase of the project.
What advantages do improved social enterprise policies deliver?
- Social enterprises are able to bring innovative solutions for social cohesion and inclusion, job creation, growth and the promotion of active citizenship. Social enterprises contribute to smart growth by responding with social innovation to needs that have not yet been met.
- Social enterprises encourage workers to learn and update their skills. They also create sustainable growth by taking into account their environmental impact and often develop efficient ways to reduce emissions and waste or to the use of natural resources.
- In addition, social enterprises are at the heart of inclusive growth due to their emphasis on people and social cohesion: they create sustainable jobs for women, young people and elderly. It is precisely the positive impact of social enterprises on society, the environment and communities which can contribute to implementing the Europe 2020 strategy and the the Single Market Act aiming for a “highly competitive social market economy”.
SOCIAL SEEDS is a five year project funded by the Interreg Europe Programme . The consortium consists of eight European project partners from seven European countries . It is coordinated by IFKA (Public Benefit Non-Profit Ltd for the Development of the Industry), Hungary.
Project duration: 04/2016 - 03/2021
Countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia, Poland