Montevideo creates a SSE Unit

The mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martinez has decided to create a space dedicated to the SSE. A Social and Solidarity Economy Unit is thus being trained. The unit will focus on the relationship between the administration and this form of self-managed enterprises. Martinez will be fulfilling a campaign commitment to collaborate with and promote cooperative ventures. The Administration supports collective enterprises, both through purchasing and by encouraging their productive capacity. This new initiative will create new incentives for their development by relating them to an improvement in working conditions in order for measures to benefit all Montevideo residents. The cooperatives … Continue reading





Commitment of French local governments in favour of the SSE

On July 3, on the occasion of the 4th National Conference, the collective commitment of the French local officials in favor of the SSE resulted in the official presentation of an appeal by local elected representatives in favor of the SSE. A call which today includes nearly 280 signatories, including more than 60 mayors and presidents of communities, and has also been signed by the main national networks of regional governments. In early June the RTES launched a national call in favour of the SSE to local elected representatives. The objective was that local elected representatives at all territorial levels … Continue reading





The government of Costa Rica declares the SSE of national interest

President Luis Guillermo Solis signed a decree declaring the promotion and development of organizations and enterprises of the social and solidarity economy of public interest, as part of efforts in the fight against poverty and social inequality. In the decree, the social and solidarity economy is seen “as an instrument of choice for state action to provide basic services, job creation and decent work, reduce poverty and inequality and ensure a fair distribution of wealth.” In the justifications for the decree, it is indicated that the executive must foster any program that aims to reduce poverty, and that the Ministry … Continue reading





First council in Northern Ireland to launch new ‘Buy Social’ toolKit scheme

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland, UK, is the first of the 11 new councils in this region to commit to the ‘Buy Social’ toolkit. The toolkit aims to provide organisations with procurement responsibilities with assistance on how they can help generate benefits to society and the local economy through their contracts. It has been developed by Strategic Investment Board (SIB) as a practical guide on integrating social considerations into public contracts. SIB was established by the Executive to help the public sector to deliver major value-for-money infrastructure programmes in Northern Ireland. This agency is responsible for developing … Continue reading





South Africa supports young entrepreneurs

Co-operatives will play a major role in the South African government’s strategy for economic growth. Speaking on the occasion of the budget vote on 20 May, Small Business minister, Lindiwe Zulu, highlighted some of the measures undertaken by the government to enable co-operatives and small businesses to lead the country’s economic transformation. According to South Africa’s National Development Plan, the small business sector could create 98% of the expected 11m jobs by 2030. “As government, private sector and other relevant stakeholders we carry a responsibility to stimulate and support the growth and sustainability of the co-operative and small business sector,” … Continue reading





The City of New York increases its support for worker cooperatives

The new budget adopted by the City of New York includes $2.1 million of additional funding for worker cooperatives. A first financing in 2015 allowed the Worker Cooperative Coalition to incubate 24 new worker cooperative small businesses and they are on track to create 194 worker-owner positions by this summer. “Worker cooperative businesses anchor jobs in local communities across the City and build both wealth and civic leadership among low-wage workers. With this increased investment, we can address chronic long-term unemployment and underemployment by supporting the start-up of 29 new worker cooperative small businesses with positions for 295 new worker-owners.” said … Continue reading





LUXEMBOURG: DRAFT LAW ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF societal impact societies (SIS)

Luxembourg adopts a standard definition of the social economy as well as of the companies that comprise it. Creating a status of societal impact society (SIS) not only provides greater legal certainty to companies with a social or societal purpose, it also offers them greater visibility. The new status of societal impact society (SIS) entails, beyond the purely operational benefits, official recognition of the specificity and the social utility of social entrepreneurs and organizations from the social and solidarity economy. The status of societal impact society (SIS) comes with obligations in terms of transparency and governance. Through the requirement for … Continue reading





Brazil and ILO announce new South-South cooperation project

Brazil and the International Labour Organization (ILO) promote South-South and triangular cooperation, which has channeled more than $ 20 million from the Brazilian Government over the last decade, mainly to countries in Africa and Latin America, as well as Portuguese-speaking countries. This amount includes some $ 6.8 million under a new horizontal cooperation initiative announced on June 10th in Geneva at a meeting involving the Minister of Labour and Employment of Brazil, Manoel Dias, representatives of Brazilian employers’ and workers’ organizations, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, Mr Gilbert Houngbo, and ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the … Continue reading





BRAZIL AND ILO ANNOUNCE NEW SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION PROJECT

Brazil and the International Labour Organization (ILO) promote South-South and triangular cooperation, which has channeled more than $ 20 million from the Brazilian Government over the last decade, mainly to countries in Africa and Latin America, as well as Portuguese-speaking countries. This amount includes some $ 6.8 million under a new horizontal cooperation initiative announced on June 10th in Geneva at a meeting involving the Minister of Labour and Employment of Brazil, Manoel Dias, representatives of Brazilian employers’ and workers’ organizations, ILO Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships, Mr Gilbert Houngbo, and ILO Regional Director for Latin America and the … Continue reading





Legislation encouraging community benefits in infrastructure projects in Ontario

Ontario has passed ground-breaking legislation, namely Bill 6: Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, which encourages the inclusion of community benefits in infrastructure projects. A large coalition of community partners had been advocating for their inclusion, since Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs) support communities by creating jobs and training opportunities and supporting social enterprise activity and other community amenities. CBAs offer an opportunity to engage marginalized populations, including youth and newcomers, in a range of quality job opportunities as part of a large infrastructure investment. The achievement is the result of cross-sectoral collaboration of many community agencies, nonprofits, labour groups and social … Continue reading