The Euclid & OECD network, with the support of the European Union

The Euclid network and the OECD have joined forces to organise a webinar on 9 April 2020 as part of the OECD's "Global Action to Promote the Social Solidarity Economy (SSE)" on the issues of legal frameworks and measuring social impact.

The project will be conducted over three years, with the support of the European Union - EU external policy sector, and will involve government actors, academics, civil society, media etc...

In addition to the European countries, all of which are included in the field of reflection, six other countries are in the study: Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, South Korea, and the USA.

Countries where the social and solidarity economy is encouraged, even developed, and which therefore calls for the deepening of public policies and even legal actions.

The main objective of this work is to take action, at a global level, in order to build a more inclusive growth model and to make SSE more visible and better recognized. Governments are increasingly demonstrating their interest in SSE and are asking for help and guidance in their reflection.

Two international guides will be published, by 2022, on the two topics. They will be based on peer learning and partnerships in order to pass on lessons learned, share good practices, etc. These tools are also part of the internationalisation of SSE. Between 6 and 8 partnerships with networks, SSE actors, and regional and national governments will be concluded by 2021.

During the seminar on 9 April, all participants recalled the importance of establishing legal frameworks for SSE. This for several reasons, including facilitating collaboration between governments and SSE actors, because when all actors and their actions have a common foundation, the implementation of public policies becomes more coherent and fluid.

Contexts differ from country to country:

- France has had a law on SSE since 2014,

- South Korea has different laws covering different SSE entities (a 2007 Act on the Promotion of Social Enterprises and a 2011 Act on Cooperatives).

However, regardless of the context, the importance of measuring the social and administrative impact of legislation, and building political consensus to maximize the impact of EHS was raised.

In the case of Quebec, the SSE law was passed unanimously because the SSE network was able to communicate with each political party and convince them all of the importance of such a law.

In the framework of the implementation of public policies, the notion of "bottom-up" is recurrent, with the example of GECES, of which ESS Forum International is an observer member, and which works to target among the divisions of the European Commission those ready and motivated to work with the group of experts in the interest of SSE. Co-creation, co-evaluation and co-management are also shared concepts, and have had positive results. This is reported by the GSEF, an ESSFI partner, who points out that these approaches have led to the creation of a State Secretariat for SSE in Korea.

The webinar also served as a reminder that the various economic crises around the world have often provided an opportunity to question the dominant economic model. Beyond opening the debate on the appropriate economic model, SSE actors must also strengthen and increase this ecosystem through experience sharing and mutual learning, while inviting all stakeholders to their forums.

The OECD invites you to participate in its new mapping study to share your ideas on the latest trends and key issues in SSE in your respective countries and/or regions.

If you have any comments or questions about the OECD Global Action, you can contact them at . If you are interested, you can find more information on OECD work on the social economy here.

If you wish to continue the conversation with other actors of the social and solidarity economy, and share best practices in the face of the COVID19 pandemic, visit this page of the European Commission and this page of the Euclid network.