Boosting Social Enterprise Development

Good Practice Compendium

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Social enterprises are long-standing agents of inclusive growth and democratisation of the economic and social spheres, and they have proved resilient to economic adversity all the while addressing socio-economic challenges in innovative ways, re-integrating people back to the labour market, and contributing to overall social cohesion. This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access, and support structures, to education and skills.

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Executive summary

Inequality and persistent unemployment for vulnerable groups in particular have come to the fore as priority policy issues, not only with respect to social justice but also with respect to economic growth. Social enterprises are longstanding agents of inclusive growth and have proved remarkably resilient in the face of economic adversity. By design, social enterprises address socio-economic challenges in innovative ways and engage citizens to become part of the solution. A survey conducted in 2015 on more than 1000 social enterprises in 9 countries (the SEFORÏS project in which the OECD LEED participated as well) showed registered revenues of more than EUR 6.06 billion, provision of services and products to 871 million beneficiaries, job creation - particularly for people with disabilities or migrant backgrounds - upwards of about half a million people, and job placement for approximately 5.5 million people.


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