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  • 2 national members: CEGES for France and CEPES for Spain
  • Our members: Coop europe AIM and AMICE CEDAG EFC ENSIE REVES FEDES
  • They are characterised by the fact that they continuously associate general interest, economic performance and democratic operations. They give the primacy to the individual and social objectives over capital. Another main characteristic is their independence with regards to the authorities and their autonomy of management. Therefore, social economy enterprises are already contributing to creating a diverse society that includes all persons, and in particular the most vulnerable such as those with disability. This is an important point because social economy enterprises are active in many sectors of activity. They be found in the fields of social protection, social services, health, banking, insurance, agriculture, handicraft, housing, education and training, consumer organisations. Therefore, given the fact that they are active in all areas of society, they are in a perfect position to promote the full integration of people with disabilities and disability issues in society as a whole.
  • The guide highlights the fact that people with disabilities are facing barriers at different level: In access to employment: discrimination at recruitment stage or due to their qualification In career development. people with disabilities are the most often found in low paid job categories – they do have seldom access to quality employment or to high level positions they can be discriminated against when it comes to promotion or access to further training certain groups of people with disabilities (women for example) have lower employment opportunities some sectors of activity are not open to people with disabilities
  • I will now give you some example of best practices found in social economy enterprises that are aimed at braking down the existing barriers in access to employment. I will first focus on the recruitment process: access ability: people involved in the recruiting process in particular receive disability-related training. Foundation Once, as an expression of solidarity of ONCE (Spanish National Organisation for the Blind ) makes sure that its recruitment processes are adopted so that people with disabilities can participate on equal terms, for example by ensuring accessibility of the entire recruitment process (physical environment, materials and so on) and that adjustments in the interview process are made when necessary. In the case of staff recruitment, the Trust states in all its job adverts that it is an equal opportunities employer. Adverts are communicated across a series of networks that cater to different communities, increasing their visibility, particularly among diverse groups;
  • Qualification: Project run by the Marie Curie Association ( Bulgaria ) in cooperation with other stakeholders from Bulgaria, Greece, and the United Kingdom aimed at improving the professional skills and abilities of final-year disabled students as well as providing them with the opportunity to gain work experience. As part of the project, a six-month mentoring programme has been developed to bring together these students and employers interested in working with them. In Italy, all companies with more than 15 employees must by law provide jobs to people with disabilities. The law allows private companies to sign agreements with social enterprises. These agreements provide for an exchange between work contracts and work integration. At the end of the work integration period inside the social enterprise, people with disabilities are permanently integrated into the companies and receive adequate work contracts. Within the framework of the EU initiative EQUAL, the Centre de la Gabrielle coordinates the ECLAS project, which seeks to ensure the validation of existing skills, including both formal and nonformal experience, so that workers and employees with intellectual disabilities can see their working experience recognised and valued. This helps them to obtain a diploma or a professional title.
  • They have initiated a reflection process on the integration of employees with disabilities in their organisations and have worked in close cooperation with stakeholders. The initiatives developed are aimed at contributing to creating a favourable and welcoming environment, training for people with disabilities as well as raising awareness about the disability issues among the workforce. The National Council of Voluntary Organisations ( NCVO ) ( United Kingdom ) also promotes equal opportunities among its partners by disseminating publicly available information on how to apply diversity and equal opportunities to their organisations.
  • The guide also highlights initiatives … It also states that … must be taking into account. Measures to reconcile work and family life in order to support parents of children with disabilities should be reinforced at EU level.
  • through direct employment, by providing training opportunities, provision of services and support to other types of enterprises, legal support and be active in the defence of rights for example through activities in the banking sector or the cultural sector - or even the provision of goods and services – activities that may not directly target people with disabilities but might have an impact for them.
  • The key message of the guide is

"Creating an inclusive society : Mainstreaming disability based on the Social Economy example" "Creating an inclusive society : Mainstreaming disability based on the Social Economy example" Presentation Transcript

  • Creating an inclusive society: Mainstreaming disability based on the social economy example EESC – PUBLIC HEARING People with disabilities: employment and accessibility 01/12/2009 Karine PFLÜGER Policy officer
  • Context
    • SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE:
      • The organisation representing social economy enterprises at EU level
      • It was created in November 2000 (CEP-CMAF)
      • Its members represent the four « families » that make up the social economy, 3 EU level network organisations and 2 national members
  • On social economy
    • The social economy is sometimes referred to as “third sector”, “solidarity-based economy” or “third system”
    • Although the term “social economy” is not used in every member states, similar activities, sharing the same characteristics, exist throughout Europe
    • Social economy enterprises represent 10% of all EU enterprises (6% of total employment)
  • On social economy
    • the social economy has developed from particular organisational or legal business formations such as:
      • cooperatives,
      • mutual societies,
      • associations,
      • foundations,
      • and other entities such as social enterprises and organisations in each of the Member States.
    • SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE’s members are the EU representatives of the four “families”
  • On social economy
    • Social economy enterprises are private enterprises - distinct from the public sector – and are characterised by their way of doing business differently
    • They come from a long tradition of solidarity and individual involvement in a process of active citizenship
    • They can neither be defined by their size nor by a sector of activity
  • People with disabilities: employment and accessibility
    • Point 4.1.8. of the EESC opinion on “People with disabilities: employment and accessibility”:
      • The Committee recognises the role of sheltered
      • workshops and, more broadly, social economy
      • enterprises such as cooperatives, mutual societies,
      • associations and foundations that foster the
      • inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour
      • market .
    • SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE and EDF (with the support of Fundación ONCE): “Guide on creating an inclusive society: mainstreaming disability based on the social economy example” (August 2007)
  • Social economy enterprises dealing with challenges faced by people with disabilities in employment issues
    • Barriers:
      • in access to employment (recruitment – qualification)
      • in job retention
      • in career development
    • The main causes found at enterprise level:
      • lack of information and awareness of diversity issues at enterprise level
      • lack of concrete plan and clear procedures regarding the employment of people with disabilities: including in setting objectives, monitoring and evaluating
      • lack of information on the policies for facilitating employment for people with disabilities available at regional, national or even EU level
  • Example of best practices found in Social economy enterprises
    • Barriers in access to employment:
      • Recruitment process:
        • Access Ability – IR : a one-stop-shop were employers can benefit from a comprehensive package of services that enables them to take on a person with a disability
        • Foundation ONCE – ES : action plans to ensure accessibility throughout the entire recruitment process
        • Carnegie UK Trust – UK : Adverts are communicated across a series of networks
  • Example of best practices found in Social economy enterprises
    • Barriers in access to employment:
      • Qualification:
        • Marie Curie Association – BU: improving the professional skills and abilities of final-year disabled students - providing them with the opportunity to gain work experience
        • Treviso Province - IT: local level agreements between private companies and social enterprises
        • MFP – FR: the evaluation, recognition and validation of professional assets of the mentally disabled people working in the different structures of le Centre de la Gabrielle
  • Example of best practices found in Social economy enterprises
    • Barriers in job retention and career development:
      • Fédérations du Crédit Mutuel – FR : initiatives aiming at contributing to creating a favourable and welcoming environment, training for people with disabilities as well as raising awareness about the disability issues among the workforce
      • NCVO- UK: dissemination among its partners of publicly available information on how to apply diversity and equal opportunities to their organisations
  • Disability
    • Initiatives to promote and support self-employment and business start-ups directed towards people with disabilities
    • People that become disabled during their career
    • Family members that are responsible for taking care of people with disabilities
  • Social economy and disability
    • Social economy enterprises develop and support activities that directly address the most vulnerable and those with disabilities through the provision of :
      • direct employment,
      • training opportunities,
      • services and support to other types of enterprises,
      • legal support and actions in the defence of rights
    • Also contributing by taking into account the needs and requirements of people with disabilities in relation to other social economy initiatives that do not directly deal with these persons
  • Inclusion
    • It is possible for any organisation to take into consideration and integrate people with disabilities and disability issues into their structures and activities.
    • Enterprises can contribute to the full integration of people with disabilities without changing their objectives or areas of work.
  • Guide on mainstreaming disability based on the Social Economy example
    • Common work:
    • Supported by:
    • The DVD is in four languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish ( click here to download the English version )
    • To order the DVD free of charge: contact@socialeconomy.eu.org