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WorkIntegrating Social Enterprises, WISE in Sweden


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Presentation by Eva Johansson, Tillväxtverket (Swedish agency for economic and regional growth) on the occasion of the EESC conference on A labour market for all: efficient and innovative assistance to jobseekers in Stockholm, Sweden

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WorkIntegrating Social Enterprises, WISE in Sweden

  1. 1. WorkIntegrating Social Enterprises, WISE in Sweden
  2. 2. WISE´s runs business - with the aim to integrate people into society and into a working life - create involvement by co-workers (enforces empowerment processes) - reinvest the company profits - are independent of public authorities
  3. 3. There are about known 350 Wise's in Sweden – which are now being listed by Tillväxtverket Most of them are both “transit enterprises” and have the objective of creating fix positions for their workers. Approximately 10 000 persons has their daily activities in WISE, employed or in training or rehabilitation.
  4. 4. WISE operate in a lot of different sectors as catering, in-household services, high quality handicraft, day-care for dogs, conference-centers, lego and a lot of other sectors. They also deliver and get paid for services in the field of rehabilitation, work-training, habilitation etc
  5. 5. WISE in Sweden are private businesses, often cooperatively, managed and owned. The economic risk level assumed by the social enterprises varies a lot. Most of them take low risks as they operate in fields that do no acquire big investments and they build the company and the business ideas on cooperation with public sector.
  6. 6. The Swedish government has an explicit interest in WISE ´s in their aim to create work opportunities for groups with special needs on the labour market. A national action plan for WISE was decided on in April 2010: information activities and studies on financing, statistics, employment support and a regulation. There is no legislation for social enterprises in Sweden. The companies use the same legal forms as all other companies. Most current is “economic associations” (cooperatives).
  7. 7. <ul><li>The Swedish Public Employment Service purchase : </li></ul><ul><li>- 750 places for rehabilitation and daily activities for persons with long term mental disorders in WISE´s </li></ul><ul><li>About 1000 places for rehabilitation and jobcreating activities for long term unemployed in WISE and Social economy organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Some municipalities purchase services and/or provide grants for daily activities </li></ul>
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  9. 9. What needs to be done? The public employment service needs to get the possibility to form a directed WISE programme with rules that are adjusted to the conditions for WISE (empowerment, cooperatively owned business etc). Access to capital for investments and development, loans, credits and subsidies Strengthened and adjusted “business advice” (Coompanion and others) The use of Public procurement has to be developed and adjusted to the conditions of WISE
  10. 10. MellanMålet (between the target or a snack between meals)
  11. 11. Inuti (Inside)
  12. 12. The consortium Vägen Ut! (Way Out!) Karin's daughters  Villa Way Out! (5)  Café Solberg  Young Surfers  Way Out! Garden  Way Out! Construction and property services  Le Mat B & B - Gothenburg  Anlita (selfemployment)
  13. 13. Basta. Socialt företag i Nykvarn, Borås och Södertälje. Businesses:   rehabilitation   construction   carpentry   hors breeding   dog nursery   YES Training   cleaning   graffiti-sanitation   HVB-home