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

About the Summit

The social and solidarity economy inspires new ways of thinking, promotes innovation and supports inclusive transitions. Moving from the margins to the mainstream, the social economy is gaining momentum and political backing to provide new opportunities for nations, regions and cities to navigate present crises and be more resilient in the face of future shocks. It is at the forefront of assisting refugees, supporting the green transition, tackling housing and food security issues, creating jobs, and providing goods and services, notably for disadvantaged individuals. 

International organisations are rising to the challenge to support better policies and guidance on the social and solidarity economy. In December 2021 the European Union released the EU Social Economy Action Plan, followed by the OECD Council’s and Ministers’ adoption of the OECD Recommendation on the Social and Solidarity Economy and the Social Innovation and the adoption of the ILO Resolution on Social Economy and Decent Work, both in June 2022. 

Building on this momentum, the second high-level conference Inspiration, innovation and inclusion: Shaping our future with the social and solidarity economy of the OECD Global Action on Promoting Social and Solidarity Ecosystems, funded by the EU, was hosted in person at the OECD Headquarters in Paris and online on 20-21 March 2023. The conference built on the achievements of the three-year programme and its previous summit “From the margins to the mainstream”, held online in September 2021 and attended by more than 700 participants from more than 60 countries. This meeting was the opportunity to further strengthen the social economy community built by the OECD over the last two decades and recently expanded around 6 consortia created under the framework of the Global Action, bringing together 130 partners. 

 The summit convened policy makers, practitioners, and experts to focus on the transformative power of the social and solidarity economy to improve economic outcomes through innovative business models that build social cohesion and resilience. Many hot topics were addressed, such as young people’s expectations for the future, the place of women in the social economy and beyond, and legal frameworks and social impact measurement as a means to boost visibility and recognition for the social economy. 

The Summit was an important milestone of the OECD’s Global Action, which brings together over 130 partners from the 33 target countries (European Union countries, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Korea, and the United States) and beyond.  

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