Exec summary & recommendations. A call for action from the Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES)
Author: European Commission
Intermediary org: Expert Group on Social Economy and Social Enterprise
The social economy and social enterprises represent a fundamentally new way of doing business and, as such, they have the potential to profoundly transform the socio-economic landscape. New trends in recent years have seen the emergence of a collaborative, circular economy, which in turn has created opportunities for the expansion of social enterprise in Europe. The social economy and social enterprises are playing an increasingly prominent role, which has been largely due to their ability to address some of the major challenges currently facing Europe, in particular the need to foster sustainable and socially-inclusive economic growth and create jobs. At the same time they address more targeted objectives, such as the refugee crisis, environmental degradation and the need to promote greater gender equality.
This report of the Commission Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship (GECES) represents a call for action issued to the European Commission, Member States and social enterprises organisations.