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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The Law on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), France

The French Law on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), adopted in 2014, provides an enabling and encompassing regulatory framework to better support traditional SSE organisations and new social enterprises. This chapter describes the objectives and rationale of the Law, along with its main measures. It identifies some strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that have come to light, despite its recent implementation. Finally, it features some lessons learnt and conditions for potential replicability.


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