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Social & Solidarity Economy as Development Approach for Sustainability


Amongst 22 European countries, RHSF represents France in the frame of the European project « The social and solidarity-based economy as global approach for the sustainable development » (« Social & Solidarity Economy as Development Approach for Sustainability »).

During 3 years, between 2015 and 2017, you will be able to follow on this page the milestones of the project as well as the different actions launched by RHSF. For any further information about the project, you can refer to the presentation of the project


September 2016


 For the last 15 days, we've gone all over four regions particularly, to participate to a Research day at the Nanterre University, we've given a lecture at the Bordeaux University before both students and professionnals, discussed about "social innovation in an era of globalization" at the Management and Corporate Sciences' Institute of Montpellier, took part of the 6th edition of the "Agora" in Carcassonne and finally participated to the CSR trial at the Political Sciences' Institute in Toulouse. Not to forget numerous companies' visits allowing us to exchange with the different actors about initiatives in France and Asia.


Here is a video showing our involvement to the CSR trial which took place in Toulouse:

France Culture spotlighted one of the good practices we've identified, the Iban weavers of Rumah Gare, in Malaysia. 

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In partnership with : ADEPESS, RIPESS, RSE&PED, ISEM in Montpellier, Bordeaux University, Nanterre Universitéy and the IEP in Toulouse.

October 2015

The best practices that Human Resources Without Borders has selected have been approved by Europe. RHSF has selected 4 different practices in 4 regions of France:

- ATIS in Aquitaine: ATIS is a charity that accompanies the creation and the development of social and solidarity companies in the territory of Aquitaine.

- Enercoop in Languedoc-Roussilon: Enercoop is a supplier of 100% renewable energy that is in direct contact with the producers in Languedoc-Roussillon region.

- IéS in Midi-Pyrénées: IéS is a co-operative and participative company aiming to fund and support ethical and solidarity companies in the Midi-Pyrénées region. Since its creation, IéS has financed 87 companies.

- La Boite à Champignons in Ile-de-France: It is a circular economy project in the Paris region that recycles coffee grounds as compost in order to grow mushrooms. The mushrooms cultivated are delivered to chefs at Michelin starred restaurants and the compost can be sold to individuals who can cultivate mushrooms on their own.

Europe has also approved the best practice RHSF has selected in Malaysia: the Iban weavers project. Iban weavers, mostly women, weave traditional textile using naturals  that are exposed in exhibitions and then sold at a fair price. This project empowers Iban weavers of Rumah Gare community.

A detailed report has been written for each of the best practice selected. The reports will be available soon. You can already watch the films produced here

September 2015

After having collected the information and the survey performed by the 60 SSE actors, that we had previously identified, RHSF has analysed and evaluated these results, by using an assessment grid which had been designed for that purpose. RHSF team has issued and submitted to Europe reports presenting the organizations, which carry good practices in four French territories as well as in Malaysia.

The organizations, which will represent SSE and its good practices in the regions of Ile de France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées and Aquitaine, will be validated soon by the steering committee. We will then be able to present you these organizations.

To discover the glance of one of our European partners, you can read (in English) an article of this ONG on their website.

August 2015

The research of good practices of the different actors of the ESS is almost finalised. The month of August has been dedicated to the creation of tools, which will enable us to collect and fairly evaluate the different good practices, which have been reported.
The organisations, that we have contacted, have answered very positively. We’re currently collecting the last surveys, which will enable us to submit the most significant “good practices” identified in the territories, which have been part of our study.

July 2015

Leader of this activity is Adèle Rivet, with the support of the local partners: Joe Paul Malimauv, who works for the association “Tenaganita” and Doctor Welyne.

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In the picture, the meeting in Kuala Lumpur with Mr. Malimauv (left), Mr. Welyne (right) and Mrs. Rivet in the middle.

July 2015

Today, RHSF team has identified the main local partners of the Social and Solidarity-based Economy on the territories set by the European Union, i.e. Aquitaine, Poitou-Charentes, Limousin, Midi-Pyrénées, Languedoc-Roussillon and Ile-de-France.

The mapping of the different actors, identified by their experience and knowledge of the ESS in their region (e.g. associations, foundations, health insurance companies…) has been put in place to show their power and impact in the society.

With the support of their partners, RHSF has launched a survey with the aim to better understand their actions and identify the good practices of the ESS.

The good practices of the ESS should comply with at least most of the following criterias:

  • Social innovation
  • Solidarity
  • Democratic governance
  • Dialogue as business strategy
  • Wage policy
  • Social integrity
  • Environmental challenges
  • Territorialisation of the economic activity
  • Link with the users and response to the population’s needs which have remained uncovered
  • Responsible purchasing
  • Promotion of the diversity and gender equity
  • Capital control
  • Accounts transparency
  • Reporting
  • Impact measurement

April 2015
The very first meeting, to officially launch the project, was held in Bologna on 14/04 and 15/04. RHSF met the Italian organisation in charge of the project COSPE as well as the other European organisations involved in the project. The project’s objectives, as well as the means which will be put in place to achieve them, were presented in detail. The objective of this project is to improve the competences of the different networks of the development and of a social and solidarity-based economy throughout the different European territories and some countries in the South. We also aim to promote the ESS through the communication and the exchange of good practices, which will be put forward after a survey on the concerned territories.
Initially, we identify the partners and their impact on the territories. If you believe that your organisation could bring an added value in the frame of this project, please do not hesitate to contact us..