UNIDO and the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy
Conference on the Role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Reducing Social Exclusion
Budapest Conference Report: The Role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Reducing Social Exclusion
Mark your calendars and join us at the Conference on the Role of the Social and Solidarity Economy in Reducing Social Exclusion from 1–2 June 2017 in Budapest, Hungary.
Social exclusion has climbed up the policy agenda in many countries in response to growing inequalities, unemployment, poverty, and environmental degradation, arising as negative externalities from the ongoing processes of globalization and interdependences, technological change and the economic crisis.
In response to rising inequalities and social exclusion, the social and solidarity economy (SSE), distinguished by their economic, social and often environmental objectives is growing. This is also reflected in the number of new innovative business models, such as social enterprises that are registered every year. It is estimated that one in four new enterprises set-up every year in the EU are now social enterprises. There are 2 million social economy enterprises in Europe, representing 10% of all businesses in the EU. More than 11 million people – about 6% of the EU’s employees – work for social economy enterprises.
Given the growing importance of the SSE, the Budapest Conference will discuss the contribution of social enterprises and other SSE organizations to combating social exclusion. Best practice cases of inclusion of disadvantaged groups in the real economy will be showcased, and available financial and business support services to foster sustainability of the sector will be presented. The conference will furthermore highlight policy frameworks supporting social enterprises throughout Europe.