Inspiration, innovation and inclusion: Shaping our future with  the social and solidarity economy

Session 5: Laying down the law: Legal frameworks for the social economy

Mar 20, 2023 | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM



(EN/FR) Countries may use different terms to refer to the social economy, building on context and history. Putting in place legal frameworks can support the visibility, recognition, and development of the social economy. There is significant diversity in how countries have developed legal frameworks, and it may not always be clear to policy makers when and how to best regulate. This session will highlight how legal frameworks can be drivers for the development of the social economy and discuss success factors and pitfalls to avoid when designing them. The discussion will be supported by findings from the OECD international guide on legal frameworks for the social economy, which will be launched during the session. After a presentation of the Guide by the OECD, the panel will discuss the following questions: • How can legal frameworks support the development of the social economy? • What are the core steps to successfully design and implement legal frameworks for the social and solidarity economy? And what can they do when there is no legislation? • How can the OECD Guide help policy makers at the national, regional and local levels to adopt legal frameworks that support the social economy?


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