ENSIE supports Romanian civil society organisations!

On August 4th 2017, the Government adopted an ordinance (60/2017) which includes, together with several very welcomed social protection measures for persons with disabilities, a set of decisions with extremely negative consequences on their employment status. These decisions refer to immediate changes in the implementation of the quota system[1]. More concretely, from September 1st 2017 the companies or institutions with over 50 employees, who do not hire at least 4% of persons with disabilities (known as the “quota system”), lose their option to buy products from sheltered units (most of them being social economy enterprises). Instead, they only have to pay a financial penalty to the State budget, compensating this lack of compliance with the quota regulation.

By consequence this ordinance will put in danger the existence of approximately 740 Romanian sheltered units, who employ 4000 workers, among which 2000 are persons with disabilities having reduced employability chances on the free market.

See the FONSS request for support letter

See ENSIE press release


[1] The quota system was introduced in 2006, by the Law 448 on the protection and promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities  

Social investment in Spain: Insertadix del Mediterraneo & Aromas y Colores VI

Insertadix del Mediterraneo & Aromas y Colores VI (Spain): Work integration for people in vulnerable situations through the social economy

This case study is part of a collection of 'Social Investment' case studies published by Social Platform in cooperation with its members and includes the example of an initiative from our member FAEDEI.

Read the full publication


Our member Consorzio EVT invites you to its event on Social Innovation

Consortium EVT is organizing, in collaboration with Scuola Centrale Formazione (www.scformazione.org) and AICCON (www.aiccon.it), two workshops on the topics of "Occupational welfare" and “Social impact assessment” - 2 & 3 March @ Bertinoro, Italy

EVT will host 4 persons from ENSIE network.



Registration and information: Rebecca Minghetti, info@evtnetwork.it

ENSIE and some of its members participating in the conference 'Work Integration Social Enterprises in the EU'

Different members of ENSIE are joining Aurélie and ACT Group in Zagreb on October 24: Charlotte Gruber from arbeit +, Austria, Michele Rigby from Social Firms England, United-Kingdom.

Join us at the conference “Work Integration Social Enterprises in the European Union” which will be held on 24 October in Zagreb, at the Conference Hall of the Houses of Europe starting at 9:30 AM.

The draft program of the conference can be found here.

To participate in the conference please register here no later than October 20. We can accept a maximum of 2 representatives per organization; the organizers will confirm your attendance within 48 hours.

The conference is jointly organized by the ACT Group, a European network of social enterprises for work integration – ENSI, the British Council Croatia and the Croatian Ministry of Labour and Pension System, with the support of the European Parliament, the Information Office of the Republic of Croatia.

ENSIE @ the GSEF 2016 in Montreal, Canada

Aurélie Duprés and Salvatore Vetro attend the GSEF2016 in Montréal.

Our members, Corine Van de Burgt andEsmeralda Van der Naaten (De Omslag - NL) speak in the Workshop "inclusion et Accessibility". At this occasion, they presented their experience of development of WISEs in Amsterdam.

ENSIE had the opportunity to meet with the Quebec network of Work Integration Social Enterprises and hope to build interesting cooperations in the furture.

Download the final declaration of the GSEF 2016.

Humana Nova, member of ACT Group as best practice in the EPSCO Council Conclusions on an integrated approach to combating poverty and social exclusion

The EPSCO Council adopted the Council Conclusions on an integrated approach to combating poverty and social exclusion.

It contains valuable best practices from all over Europe, among which Humana Nova, member of Act Grupa, our Croatian member.

Download here.

More info.

La Fédération des entreprises d’insertion - Annual report 2015

On the 28th of June, the federation held its General Assembly meeting. A this occasion an afternoon of exchanges was organized, all partners were welcomed to share about the issue of social exemplarity in purchases.
Read their Press release (FR) about : “« Quelles filières porteuses d’activités et d’emplois pour les entreprises d’insertion ? »
Download their Activity report 2015! (FR)


Italian LIFE projects unite to influence national food waste legislation - The contribution of our member CantierAperto

Italy is set to become the second European country to pass legislation that encourages supermarkets and restaurants to stop throwing away unsold food. Food wastage is expensive, costing the Italian economy around €12 billion a year; and bad for the environment, as landfilled food waste uses land, water and fuel resources unnecessarily, and contributes to the production of greenhouse gasses. The bill on food waste passed its final reading in the lower house on Monday 16 May 2016, and is currently being discussed by the Senate. It contains 17 articles, including changes to food safety regulations that will enable products that are past their 'best before' dates to be given to charities.

A network of LIFE projects influenced this change in food legislation. The network was organised by the LOWaste project (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000373), which had found legislative obstacles standing in the way of achieving its objective of closing waste cycles. To enable the reuse and recycling necessary to build circular economies within the food industry and other sectors, the project decided that legislation needed to be modified. Therefore, it established the network, which targeted food legislation by producing an appeal and lobbying for change.

“We created through the LIFE projects a working group, and thanks to the experience of all the beneficiaries in this field, we produced proposals that were put to Parliament and the Ministry of Environment,” says Alessandra Vaccari of the LOWaste project. This appeal was presented to the Ministry in February 2014. “It identified the critical limits of the regulations on waste, and concrete proposals to overcome them,” she adds.

Anna Brescianini, project manager of NOW (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000404), says they experienced similar problems of existing legislation making it difficult to create new uses and markets for waste. “After February 2014, and for a whole year, the projects consulted with PINPAS (the Italian National Plan for the Prevention of Food Waste),” she says. “We contributed by working with Members of Parliament and by answering their questionnaire. We also invited some Members of Parliament to visit our project so that we could explain our experience and the most optimal solutions to adopt. After this visit, in October 2015, we reviewed the first legislative proposal before it was sent to Senate and also sent our comments in the second reading.”

The initial group of LIFE projects assembled by the LOWaste team to lobby the Ministry for Environment also included ECO Courts (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000404), IDENTIS WEEE (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000404), No Waste (LIFE10 ENV/IT/000307), Prisca (LIFE11 ENV/IT/000277), Promise (LIFE08 INF/IT/000312), and WASTE-LESS IN CHIANTI (LIFE09 ENV/IT/000068). Other LIFE projects subsequently also signed the appeal.

The LIFE project network is also influencing regional policy in Italy. Organic waste prevention was inserted in the regional plan 2014-2017 of the Lombardy region, for example, to incentivise and support organisations to recover food waste.

France was the first EU country to pass legislation aimed at stopping supermarkets from throwing away unsold though still edible food, with the introduction of fines. In contrast, the Italian bill adopts a reward-based approach, with companies that give food to charities able to claim tax cuts on waste disposal. The bill also reduces the administrative burden on supermarkets, enabling food donation forms to be filled in less frequently and retrospectively. It will therefore reduce costs associated with waste disposal, combat environmentally-damaging waste production, and recover greater amounts of otherwise landfilled food to give to those in need (e.g. through food banks).

The LIFE projects’ food waste reduction goals are also been furthered by a government-run campaign to promote the use of ‘doggy bags’ in restaurants in Italy, so that left-over food can be consumed at home rather than becoming yet more food waste.

Connie Hasemann decided to show its commitment in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, especially the goal number 10: ’Reduce inequalities’ - What about you?

Do you remember that Connie Hasemann, our Danish representative from All ears, received the Business for Peace Award in 2013?

She is of course still very engaged and this year, as Business for Peace Honouree, she decided to show its commitment in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development goals, especially the goal number 10: ’Reduce inequalities’ through the worldwide campaign businessworthy.org.

What about you?

On businessworthy.org you can find specific examples of how a number of Business for Peace Honourees contribute in achieving the Un Global Goals. On this site you can also read about how we, in our company, All Ears Telemarketing, contribute to goal number 10.

In All ears we often remind each other that only together can we make a difference. "No one can do it all. Everyone can do something. Together, we can do everything.”