Diesis European Research and Development Service  for the Social Economy   24th November 2011  EESC-Brussels  Hearing on...
<ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the development of the social economy, cooperatives, social enterprises and worker-ow...
SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION  - 25 oct. 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Busines...
SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>The social economy employs over 11 million people in the EU, accounting for 6% of ...
SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>A social enterprise is an operator in the social economy whose main objective is t...
SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>Thus: </li></ul><ul><li>•  businesses providing social services and/or goods and s...
SOCIAL ECONOMY and MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS <ul><li>ITALY – SICILY – offering job opportunities for people arriving at the ‘f...
SOCIAL ECONOMY and MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS <ul><li>Entrepreneurship through Social Economy is an alternative for immigrant g...
IMPLEMENTING A NETWORK OF ‘ASSISTANCE FOR INTEGRATION’  TO MIGRANT WORKERS  AND THEIR FAMILIES.  Trade Union, Social Econo...
IMPLEMENTING A NETWORK OF ‘ASSISTANCE FOR INTEGRATION’  TO MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES  Trade Unions, Social Econom...
IMPLEMENTING A NETWORK OF ‘ASSISTANCE FOR INTEGRATION’  TO MIGRANT WORKERS  AND THEIR FAMILIES.  Trade Union, Social Econo...
Activities  <ul><li>Pillar 1:  3 Focus Groups of Trade Unions  </li></ul><ul><li>Pillar 2:  3 Focus Groups of Social Econo...
Gianluca Pastorelli Diesis Square de Meeûs 18, 1050 Bruxelles 00 32 2 543 10 43 [email_address]   / www.diesis.coop
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Presentation by Luca Pastorelli (President, DIESIS) on the occasion of the SOC section hearing on Migrant entrepreneurs’ contribution to the EU economy on 24.11.2011 in the framework of the Permanent Study Group on Immigration and Integration.

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Diesis - European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy

  1. 1. Diesis European Research and Development Service for the Social Economy   24th November 2011 EESC-Brussels Hearing on Migrant entreprneurs’ contribution to the EU economy
  2. 2. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Supports the development of the social economy, cooperatives, social enterprises and worker-owned enterprises, in Europe and in the world . </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of knowledge-based activities, such as training, project design, consulting and advisory services, technical assistance and research. </li></ul><ul><li>Members: 18 organisations from 7 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Members and partners are national federation of Social Economy Enterprises, advisory & development structures and organisations specialised in the transfer of know-how recognised as being part of the Social Economy in Europe and in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Diesis network represents around 60.000 enterprises & about 1 million workers. </li></ul><ul><li>Partners of OECD LEED Program, co-operations and partnerships with major European networks </li></ul>Mission… at the hearth of Social Economy
  3. 3. SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION - 25 oct. 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Social Business Initiative: Creating a favourable climate for social enterprises, key stakeholders in the social economy and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>The single market needs new, inclusive growth, focused on employment for all, underpinning the growing desire of Europeans for their work, consumption, savings and investments to be more closely attuned to and aligned with 'ethical' and 'social‘ principles. </li></ul><ul><li>In order to promote a 'highly competitive social market economy', the Commission has placed the social economy and social innovation at the heart of its concerns, in terms of both territorial cohesion and the search for new solutions to societal problems, in particular the fight against poverty and exclusion, under the Europe 2020 strategy </li></ul>
  4. 4. SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>The social economy employs over 11 million people in the EU, accounting for 6% of total employment. </li></ul><ul><li>It covers bodies with a specific legal status (cooperatives, foundations, associations, mutual societies), many of which are also social enterprises in terms of the characteristics referred to above, as well as social enterprises in the form of an ordinary private or public limited company. </li></ul><ul><li>The specific legal statuses of the social economy are particularly suited to social enterprises as their method of governance favours participation and openness. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately one in four businesses founded in Europe would therefore be a social enterprise. This figure rises to one in three in Belgium, Finland and France.These companies are often more productive and competitive than one might think. This is due to the very high level of personal commitment on the part of their employees and the better working conditions that they provide. </li></ul>
  5. 5. SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>A social enterprise is an operator in the social economy whose main objective is to have a social impact rather than make a profit for their owners or shareholders. </li></ul><ul><li>It operates by providing goods and services for the market in an entrepreneurial and innovative fashion and uses its profits primarily to achieve social objectives. It is managed in an open and responsible manner and, in particular, involve employees, consumers and stakeholders affected by its commercial activities. </li></ul><ul><li>The Commission uses the term 'social enterprise' to cover the following types of business: </li></ul><ul><li>• those for which the social or societal objective of the common good is the reason for the commercial activity, often in the form of a high level of social innovation, </li></ul><ul><li>• those where profits are mainly reinvested with a view to achieving this social objective, </li></ul><ul><li>• and where the method of organisation or ownership system reflects their mission, using democratic or participatory principles or focusing on social justice. </li></ul>
  6. 6. SOCIAL ECONOMY, SOCIAL BUSINESS <ul><li>Thus: </li></ul><ul><li>• businesses providing social services and/or goods and services to vulnerable persons (access to housing, health care, assistance for elderly or disabled persons, inclusion of vulnerable groups, child care, access to employment and training, dependency management, etc.); </li></ul><ul><li>• businesses with a method of production of goods or services with a social objective (social and professional integration via access to employment for people disadvantaged in particular by insufficient qualifications or social or professional problems leading to exclusion and marginalisation) </li></ul>
  7. 7. SOCIAL ECONOMY and MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS <ul><li>ITALY – SICILY – offering job opportunities for people arriving at the ‘first welcome centre’ in Lampedusa - Messina- > co-entrepreneurs in co-ops </li></ul><ul><li>ITALY – EMILIA ROMAGNA – offering job opportunities for care services MODENA - > co-entrepreneurs in co-ops </li></ul><ul><li>SPAIN – NATIONAL LEVEL </li></ul><ul><li>From 2005 to date, CONFESAL has been developing the Genera project together with the Ministry of Labour and Immigration, through the Directorate General of Immigrants’ Integration, body belonging to the State Secretariat of Immigrat stands for Confederación Española de Sociedades Laborales de España (Spanish Confederation of Worker-owned Companies). </li></ul><ul><li>-> The Worker-owned companies and Social Economy entities have been detecting new demands at local level. This has generated a capacity to respond to these demands in a structured way. </li></ul>
  8. 8. SOCIAL ECONOMY and MIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS <ul><li>Entrepreneurship through Social Economy is an alternative for immigrant groups, because it allows: </li></ul><ul><li>To regularize precarious employment or underground economy. </li></ul><ul><li>To provide flexibility to employment-creation processes. </li></ul><ul><li>To work collectively, from a solidarity and mutual-support based perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>To offer a concrete laboratory of practices for integration (Entrepreneurial culture and technicalities) </li></ul><ul><li>To become collective entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>Any model for working with immigrants must be based on the recognition of their competencies and must be a shared process, whose aim must be to channel these competencies and capacities into the development of the integration process, in this case about the possibility of integration through self-employment and co-entrepreneurship. </li></ul>
  9. 9. IMPLEMENTING A NETWORK OF ‘ASSISTANCE FOR INTEGRATION’ TO MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. Trade Union, Social Economy and Local Authorities <ul><li>SPECIFC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li>The project wants to offer a Pan-European added value: </li></ul><ul><li>Networking experiences : creating a mutual connection to facilitate exchange of practices, co-managing services and providing mutual support, introducing new services, common set of rules to encourage mutual recognition of membership, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of know-how : the project will promote transfer of know-how from most experienced unions to those who want to learn or improve their knowledge. A cycle of seminars will be dedicated to the establishment of contact points with migrants. </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing minimum set of services under an EU label . Migrants are mobile workers by nature and need cross-border assistance. The are virtually holder of cross-border unions membership. Mutual recognition of membership is an objective standing on the ETUC agenda since long time. Mutual recognition could arrive from the setting of a common platform of services that all contact points from migrants must offer identified by a single European label. Such services will be accessible to all those holding a trade union membership card marked with the EU label. European wide services are also aimed at encouraging a uniform and better implementation of EU legislation, European policies and objectives. </li></ul>
  10. 10. IMPLEMENTING A NETWORK OF ‘ASSISTANCE FOR INTEGRATION’ TO MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES Trade Unions, Social Economy and Local Authorities <ul><li>SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE </li></ul><ul><li>ETUC </li></ul><ul><li>DIESIS </li></ul><ul><li>EAPN (Eu Anti-poverty network) </li></ul>
  11. 11. IMPLEMENTING A NETWORK OF ‘ASSISTANCE FOR INTEGRATION’ TO MIGRANT WORKERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. Trade Union, Social Economy and Local Authorities <ul><li>SPECIFC OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot action to bridge origin country and destination country contact points . Ex: Infopoints in Ukraine and Moldovia with other trade union employer/NGO contact points for migrants. </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminating good practices and statistics on services provided to migrants: work methodology with migrants, in particular the project will collect and made available statistics on access of migrants to their contact points: status, origin countries, family composition, services demanded, discriminations denounced, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The project aims at getting migrants closer to larger civil society organizations in which they can easily complete their integration processes. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Activities <ul><li>Pillar 1: 3 Focus Groups of Trade Unions </li></ul><ul><li>Pillar 2: 3 Focus Groups of Social Economy Enterprises and Public Authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Pillar 3 : Exchange seminar between all the partners (Social Economy Enterprises, Public Authorities and Trade Unions) to create a common approach . </li></ul>
  13. 13. Gianluca Pastorelli Diesis Square de Meeûs 18, 1050 Bruxelles 00 32 2 543 10 43 [email_address] / www.diesis.coop

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