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.

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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.”

REMESH project by Ateliere Fara Frontiere nominated to the Bucharest Prize

REMESH project by Ateliere Fara Frontiere nominated to the Bucharest Prize in the Ecology category. The prize rewards the most important projects in music, theater, ecology, tourism, sport and journalism that improve the city. REMESH- Workshops Without Borders by Ateliere Fara Frontiere collects wastes and turns them into bags and other useful items and ethical fashion accessories and it creates new employment opportunities for people in need. Read more

Spain: new Law on Social Economy


Law 31/2015 on Social Economy has been published yesterday in Spain. These are specific norms for Work Integration Social Enterprises: 1) WISEs are recognised as providers of services of general economic interest. 2) WISEs are included in the reservations of contracts from public administrations and 3) bonuses of 1,650 Euros are provided to enterprises that employ people who have recently completed their pathway in a WISE. Read the full text here (Spanish only).

IDC's help to the refugees transiting Serbia

Distribution of 800 food parcels, more than 200 hygiene packages for women and babies, as well as a large number of baby slings, raincoats, rubber boots, socks and other necessary things, presence of translators, clowns and cartoons in children's native languages are just some of the activities that our Serbian member IDC has implemented to help refugees transiting Serbia. ICD's program is primarily designed for children refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea and other countries, that are making a short break in Subotica and Kanjiža on their way towards the EU. The voluntary activities are carried out in Belgrade as well. Read more.

WISEs recognised as providers of services of general economic interest by the Spanish Council of ministers

FAEDEI informs us that the Spanish Council of ministers has taken a step forward for work integration social enterprises in Spain by approving measures in their recognition as providers of services of general economic interest. These measures will facilitate the access of WISEs to public procurement procedures. Read FAEDEI press release here.