Consorzio Sociale Abele Lavoro: A manifesto to relaunch work placement

Consorzio Abele Lavoro, CNCA and Idee in Rete propose a reflection to relaunch the social cooperation in job placement. A Manifesto that is the result of meetings and debates between operators in the past months and that is being further discussed to gather additional stimuli and aggregate other people and organizations around this theme.

The promoters felt the necessity to seriously reflect on social cooperation in job placement, because they are aware not only of its value and of its strengths but also of its challenges. The struggles of the companies that must, without any support, stay afloat and consecrate themselves to disadvantaged workers in an increasingly competitive market, the struggles of the operators to stay motivated throughout their career path.

In addition, there is the need to rethink our mission in view of the social evolution of the last years and of the changing needs, to react to the delegitimization of social cooperation carried out by the media. For this reason, they started reflecting on this issue by meeting in the last few months in Florence and then in Bologna and by continuing to exchange views remotely.

After a few months of joint work, they have synthesized our ideas and proposals in this Manifesto for the re-launch social cooperation in job placement that is now being debated by all those who wish to contribute to its development and dissemination. The promoters and all those who wish to sign it will meet in the upcoming months to decide the modalities of its dissemination.

Based on the feedbacks received, we will decide together which steps to take. The manifesto is a collective piece of work, the result of the cooperation between important organizations of the Italian Third Sector, the Consorzio Abele Lavoro, the CNCA and the Consorzio Nazionale Idee in Rete. These three promoters can be joined by additional subscribers, who will contribute to define the next steps in the definition and dissemination of the document.


GALILEO PROGETTI non-profit Ltd @ FuturE+


On the 12-15 of March, GALILEO PROGETTI non-profit Ltd took part in an event in Romania - Bucharest, organized by the Romanian National Agency, in the framework of TCA (Transnational Cooperation Activities). The main topics and goals of this event were :

  • Mapping the strong points and elements needing improvement in the current E+ program;

  • Identifying how the new elements of the program could be efficiently implemented by the beneficiaries;

  • Elaboration of participant’s resolution concerning the future of the Erasmus+ Program (2021 – 2027).

As experienced project implementers, GALILEO PROGETTI non-profit Ltd. was invited and selected to participate, being familiar with the Erasmus+ program, and being considered an organization that mediates in accordance with local, national and international needs.

TCA (Transnational Cooperation Activities) organizes the future of the Erasmus + program at the Romanian National Agency. During the event, participants discuss the current Erasmus+ program response to organizational needs and provide ideas and suggestions for the upcoming (2020-2027) program cycle in the light of European education strategies.

The Erasmus+ program focuses on promoting and supporting learning as the main tool for change at local, national and European level, with a strong added value in all educational sectors.

Based on the specific European context – with Romania holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union until June 2019 – the focus activity falls on promoting mobility, inclusion and excellence in the fields of education and youth. The seminar will involve approximately 150 experts from UE State Members.

Since one of the objectives of GALILEO PROGETTI is the development of social inclusion and social economy in Hungary, such as the innovation in training, work insertion and social policies, GALILEO PROGETTI work a lot at international level, also thanks to the Erasmus+ program. This seminar is an opportunity to share back our experience, and contribute to the building of the next Erasmus+ program 2021-2028; to increase our expertise through the exchange of good practices with other partners; to enlarge our international network and to learn information on EU lines in the future. It is also recognition of the work done by our organization.

Impact 2019 Conference - Accelerating impact in CEE

On the 19-20 February 2019, ACT Grupa and Brodoto, in partnership with Mozaik Foundation, SMART Kolektiv and EVPA organised the Impact 2019 Conference in Belgrade, Serbia. Impact 2018 brought together European and American pioneers of social impact under the same roof to showcase the best practices, ideas and projects. In 2019, the organisers brought all relevant stakeholders in the field of impact investing, management, promotion and measurement to inspire and lead South East Europe and the wider CEE region to an even more impactful years and work. Special focus was on possibilities of enabling growth in social impact investment and boosting the cross-sectoral cooperation related to six key areas: mitigating climate change, children and education, responsible consumption, migration and marginalized groups, agriculture and employment (especially of women).

The event has gathered 230 participants (impact investors and entrepreneurs, philanthropists, capacity building organisations…) Comparing to the outputs, effects and benefits from Impact2018 conference held in February 2018 in Zagreb, this year ACT Grupa witnessed at least 100-150% increase in new collaborations, partnerships, projects, etc. Not only from participants side, but also from our, organizers side. Also, we gained new skills, knowledge and lessons learned from preparation and implementation of the international conference valuable for the future project/program activities as well as for the organisation of Impact2020 conference.

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Impact 2019 Conference


ACT Grupa and Brodoto, in partnership with Mozaik Foundation, SMART Kolektiv and EVPA, are bringing the leaders and pioneers of the impact investing to the South-East Europe and hosting them in Belgrade, Serbia for a two-day conference called Impact 2019; with a goal to further the impact and growth of the impact investing in the region. The second edition of Impact 2019 Conference is scheduled for 19 -20 February 2019. Special focus is put on possibilities of enabling growth in social impact investment and boosting the cross-sectoral co-operation related to six key areas: Mitigating climate change, children and education, responsible consumption, migration and marginalised groups, agriculture and employment (especially of women). The organisers can offer to their partners from European networks a 20% discount on one 2-day ticket. For more tickets for the representatives from the same network, they can offer higher discounts. Please let them know in next weeks on your possible participation, to send you a discount code.
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La Fédération des Entreprises d’insertion – Observatory of Integration Enterprises

La Fédération des Entreprises d’insertion (FEI) has published the 10th Edition of the main trends in the evolution of the activity of social integration enterprises. This observatory is based on the economic and social data that la Fédération collects from its member companies each year. This 10th edition is based on the 2016 data processing and analysis of member companies. Learn more (only available in French).

ŠENT – Dobrovita, the 2017 Disabled-Friendly Company


Congratulations to social firm Dobrovita, member of the ŠENT’s (Slovenian Association for Mental Health) employment programs, who recently became the recipient of the Good Practice Award in the field of employment of disabled persons for the year 2017. This award is an annual award of the Ministry of Labour, Family, social affairs and equal opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia and it is given in the form of a promotional logo “Disabled-Friendly Company”. 

Round Table on Protection Sensitive Migration Management in Western Balkan


In the framework of the International Migrants Day, which was held on the 18th of December, the IRIS Network project partners organised a Round Table on Protection Sensitive Migration Management in Western Balkan. IRIS Network gathered in Brussels with the aim of discussing social cohesion, active inclusion as well as the role of social services providers in the Western Balkans in promoting protection sensitive migration management and practices. IRIS Network connects 140 civil society organisations that provide different types of social services to different vulnerable groups. IDC Serbia, one of ENSIE's members, is part of this project. The main topics of the Round Table were : the Western Balkan/South East Europe migrant routes and the main challenges and  the presentation of the Guide on referral system/ the social service delivery for migrants/ the regional perspective and for each of the South East European countries (Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYROM, Albania and Montenegro).

Floare de Cires Catering won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award


Floare de Cires Catering won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award during the European Citizenship Awards 2018. Floare de cires LTD is a social enterprise created by Eco-Razeni Association in December 2012 in Razeni, Moldova. Floare de cires offers an extensive training program empowering women and men to undertake what is often their first "real job" in the catering services. The prize of the Social Enterprise of the Year rewards businesses or not-for-profit organisations founded on the basis of social goals, which are written into the enterprise's vision and mission, the pursuit of which brings in positive social change in communities.

Arbeit Plus, Co-organiser of the European conference on « Social Enterprises and Digital Inclusion : participation in the Social and Digital world »

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arbeit plus, from Austria, the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018 and ENSIE organised a European conference on “Social Enterprises and Digital Inclusion: Participation in the Social and Digital World”. The conference was a great opportunity to learn more about the role of work integration social enterprise in the social and digital world, but also to present good practices of social enterprises working on digital inclusion and having digital strategies in accordance with the Commission’s four pillars of Digital Inclusion (Accessible ICT, assistive technologies, skills and digital skills, social inclusion). The conference has seen a succession of several speakers who talked about different issues such as the impact of digitisation on the labour market and the inclusion of people with disabilities and how can inclusion in the digital work succeed. We would like to congratulate arbeit plus for their work and for the organisation of this successful conference!

GSEF 2018 : ENSIE's members interventions

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For its 4th edition, the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) 2018 was held on the 1st and the 2nd of October in Bilbao. The GSEF aims at reuniting local governments and actors of the Social Economy sector. It represents a great opportunity for public and private stakeholders to get together and discuss points of views and experiences on how to build a better world, centred on human well-being. Xavier Roberti, on behalf of Groupe Terre, member of one of our Belgian members (RES) gave a presentation at the GSEF 2018 during the session on "Entrepreuneurship and Social Innovation", and talked about the relationship between participative social enterprises and unions. While, Aicha Belassir, Director of Faedei, one of ENSIE's Spanish members, gave a presentation about FAEDEI's 2017 Annual Report and ENSIE's "Impact-WISEs" study.

The 16th edition of the State Day of WISEs and the 10th anniversary of Faedei

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Faedei (Federación de Asociaciones Empresariales de Empresas de Inserción) hosted two-in-one event in Madrid. The first one was the 16th edition of the State Day of WISEs. An ideal meeting to learn more about WISEs, their innovative initiatives of social intervention, their training device and acquisition of labour and social skills in the workplace, which is one of the most efficient instruments against poverty and social exclusion.

The second event was the 10th anniversary of Faedei. This meeting was also the opportunity to review the past, the present and the future of Faedei. Learn more.

Fundația Alături de Voi România (ADV) – Open call for more charities to enrol

For the past two years, Fundația Alături de Voi România, from Romania, has developed, a worldwide tour-operator providing over 240.000 travel and touristic services. As a social business, ADV also helps Work Integration Social Enterprises by donating 4% of all sales automatically (without charging the traveller) to the favourite charity picked by each traveller. Moreover, travellers are informed of all charities and social enterprises nearby to further support them.

ADV recently launched an open call for more charities to enrol. Learn more here.

ENSIE welcomes two new members in its network

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ENSIE’s team is pleased to announce two new memberships : Klimax Plus from Greece and Eco-Razeni from Moldova.

  • Eco-Razeni Association is a national non-governmental organisation founded in 1998, responsible for the secretariat of the platform from 2015, and is the Founder of the social integration enterprise Floare de Cires Catering Ltd. Floare de cires provides training and employment for people with disabilities from rural areas. At Eco-Razeni and Floare de cires are 25 people full employed.
  • Klimax Plus is a social enterprise that has the social aim to improve the quality of life and socio-economic rehabilitation of socially excluded persons (homeless, Roma, ex-prisoners, people with mental disorders) through tailored work integration. Klimax Plus is engaged in economic activity and generates income, mainly, from market sources by recycling and reuse and catering services.

Arbeit Plus & Groupe Terre at the European day of social economy enterprises

The European day of social economy enterprises was held at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in Brussels. An important event presenting strategies and exchange of experiences for a more social future Europe and to boost social innovation and support to social enterprises.

Two ENSIE members were present: Arbeit Plus and Groupe Terre (a WISE member of Réseau d'Entreprises Sociales [RES])) to discuss gender equality in social economy entreprises’ structures of governance and on how to enhance the impact of social economy & enable its scaling up.

In the framework of the European Day of Social Economy Enterprises 2018, François Malaise, Deputy Director-General for Terre Group (represented within ENSIE by RES) and Manuela Volmann from Arbeit Plus participated in a workshop lead by Social Economy Europe. This workshop, which took place on 4th of June in Brussels, covered how to enhance the impact of Social Economy and enable its scaling up. François Malaise highlighted, in particular, the inception of the group, the acquisition and integration of others enterprises as well as employment development.

ENSIE Danish member at Yale representing the All People Foundation


Connie Hasemann, former Founder and CEO for All Ears TM (and Founder and Patron for The All People Foundation) was in April 2018 invited to speak at the Unite for Sight conference at Yale in USA about Social Firms - with the title “How to turn a Disability into a Competitive Edge”. Unite for Sight conference is the world’s leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. This Annual and Global Health & Innovation Conference has attendants from USA and 55 countries.

The goal for The All People Foundation is to contribute to employment opportunities for persons with reduced work abilities and spreading the knowledge about running a business with a high social impact and with the aim of establishing more enterprises, that are social.

La fédération des entreprises d’insertion worked on several possible improvements on responsible public procurement in the CESE report

On the 27th of March the federation was invited to the presentation of the CESE report on the responsible public procurement, for which the federation was consulted. This report establishes the lack of the use of public procurement. During its hearing, the federation puts forward several possible improvements which were included in the recommendations of the CESE report:

  • Take into account Corporate Social Responsability (CSR) in the award of contracts;
  • Foster temporary joint-ventures;
  • Go further than the simple execution of an integration volume of hours in the implementation of social clauses, in particular in order to better acknowledge the quality of work done by the work integration social enterprises;
  • Enhance the entering of social clauses in markets on more qualifying sectors, such as informatics computer services or green economy 

This report will be used as basis for proposals that delegation at the forecasting and at the evaluation of public policies will articulate for the annual report on the France state of art during 2018.

Union Luxembourgeoise de l’Économie Sociale et Solidaire : Social and solidarity economy progress in Luxembourg

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We would like to congratulate ENSIE's Luxembourgian member, ULESS, for its parts of investment in the social economy development in Luxembourg! On 22nd of March 2018 ULESS general assembly took place. This general assembly confirmed social and solidarity economy dynamism in Luxembourg. ULESS supports with enthusiasm the entry into force of Law of 12 December 2016. As a reminder, this law created societal impact businesses and allowed legislative recognition of social and solidarity economy in Luxembourg. In the framework of this new legislation, actions have multiplied in order to inform and increase awareness on social economy enterprises. Partnerships have been also developed.

EVT Network – Enterprise Vocation Transition : A two-days workshop to gain a better understanding of the Reform of the Third Sector


On the 15th and 16th of March, Consortium EVT and Scuola Centrale Formazione organised a two-days workshops, titled “The Reform of the Third Sector: the changes for the VET sectors and social enterprises”. The objective was to support the associated members in discovering innovation and changes brought by the national reform, with the help of some experts of the sector. Discover the event's documentations here.