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

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

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. Context <ul><li>SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The organisation representing social economy enterprises at EU level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was created in November 2000 (CEP-CMAF) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Its members represent the four « families » that make up the social economy, 3 EU level network organisations and 2 national members </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. On social economy <ul><li>The social economy is sometimes referred to as “third sector”, “solidarity-based economy” or “third system” </li></ul><ul><li>Although the term “social economy” is not used in every member states, similar activities, sharing the same characteristics, exist throughout Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Social economy enterprises represent 10% of all EU enterprises (6% of total employment) </li></ul>
  4. 4. On social economy <ul><li>the social economy has developed from particular organisational or legal business formations such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>cooperatives, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>mutual societies, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>associations, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>foundations, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and other entities such as social enterprises and organisations in each of the Member States. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE’s members are the EU representatives of the four “families” </li></ul>
  5. 5. On social economy <ul><li>Social economy enterprises are private enterprises - distinct from the public sector – and are characterised by their way of doing business differently </li></ul><ul><li>They come from a long tradition of solidarity and individual involvement in a process of active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>They can neither be defined by their size nor by a sector of activity </li></ul>
  6. 6. People with disabilities: employment and accessibility <ul><li>Point 4.1.8. of the EESC opinion on “People with disabilities: employment and accessibility”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Committee recognises the role of sheltered </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>workshops and, more broadly, social economy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>enterprises such as cooperatives, mutual societies, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>associations and foundations that foster the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>market . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Social economy enterprises dealing with challenges faced by people with disabilities in employment issues <ul><li>Barriers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>in access to employment (recruitment – qualification) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in job retention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>in career development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The main causes found at enterprise level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of information and awareness of diversity issues at enterprise level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of concrete plan and clear procedures regarding the employment of people with disabilities: including in setting objectives, monitoring and evaluating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lack of information on the policies for facilitating employment for people with disabilities available at regional, national or even EU level </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Example of best practices found in Social economy enterprises <ul><li>Barriers in access to employment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recruitment process: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Foundation ONCE – ES : action plans to ensure accessibility throughout the entire recruitment process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Carnegie UK Trust – UK : Adverts are communicated across a series of networks </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Example of best practices found in Social economy enterprises <ul><li>Barriers in access to employment: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualification: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Marie Curie Association – BU: improving the professional skills and abilities of final-year disabled students - providing them with the opportunity to gain work experience </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Treviso Province - IT: local level agreements between private companies and social enterprises </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Example of best practices found in Social economy enterprises <ul><li>Barriers in job retention and career development: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCVO- UK: dissemination among its partners of publicly available information on how to apply diversity and equal opportunities to their organisations </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Disability <ul><li>Initiatives to promote and support self-employment and business start-ups directed towards people with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>People that become disabled during their career </li></ul><ul><li>Family members that are responsible for taking care of people with disabilities </li></ul>
  12. 12. Social economy and disability <ul><li>Social economy enterprises develop and support activities that directly address the most vulnerable and those with disabilities through the provision of : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>direct employment, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>training opportunities, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>services and support to other types of enterprises, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>legal support and actions in the defence of rights </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Inclusion <ul><li>It is possible for any organisation to take into consideration and integrate people with disabilities and disability issues into their structures and activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Enterprises can contribute to the full integration of people with disabilities without changing their objectives or areas of work. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Guide on mainstreaming disability based on the Social Economy example <ul><li>Common work: </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by: </li></ul><ul><li>The DVD is in four languages: English, French, Italian and Spanish ( click here to download the English version ) </li></ul><ul><li>To order the DVD free of charge: contact@socialeconomy.eu.org </li></ul>

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