The Social and Solidarity Economy: From the Margins to the Mainstream

Building back better: the social economy as a driving force for change

Sep 13, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant global economic and social disruption. As our economies recover, with global growth projected to reach 5.8% in 2021, the time is right to reflect on the lessons of the crisis and the important role the social and solidarity economy can play in building back better. Among these lessons, is the importance of the social economy, which accounts, only in EU countries, for 6-8% of GDP. The social and solidarity economy can support efficiency and resilience, and act as a strong vehicle for social innovation. It can also transform society, including by inspiring mainstream businesses to adopt more inclusive and responsible practices and models. This session will bring together international social and solidarity economy networks to envision what policy actions are needed to ensure the social and solidarity economy contributes to recovery. Key questions: • How concretely can the social and solidarity economy help build back in a more inclusive and sustainable way? • What policy actions are needed to support and stimulate the social and solidarity economy going forward? • How can policy makers and social and solidarity economy networks work together to unleash the transformational power of the social and solidarity economy?

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