Growing inequalities, persistent unemployment and environmental imperatives have come to the fore as priority policy issues. Socio-economic challenges have been exacerbated by COVID-19, making the rethinking of traditional policy approaches more urgent than ever.
The social and solidarity economy, including associations, co-operatives, mutuals, foundations and social enterprises, has emerged as a fundamental lever to build more inclusive and sustainable economies and societies. Data reveals that in some countries, social economy organisations can account for as much as 10% of total employment, representing a key source of jobs and income.
The OECD has joined forces with the European Union through the Global Action “Promoting Social and Solidarity Economy ecosystems” to scale and further increase awareness on the social and solidarity economy and its role in building back better. The Action targets all EU Member States and six non-EU countries (Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the United States).
This international conference will bring together hundreds of practitioners, experts and policy makers in the social and solidarity economy to:
- Learn more about the issues to consider when designing legal frameworks and measuring social impact, including new OECD research in these fields.
- Discuss brand new OECD evidence on the role of social and solidarity economy organisations in rebuilding better, by achieving social impact, promoting inclusiveness and addressing the impacts of COVID-19.
- Network with other international practitioners, experts and policy makers, during highly interactive roundtables and breakout sessions.