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Social & Solidarity Economy as Development Approach for Sustainability


The finding of inequality in the world

  • The gap between the north and the south is more and more accentuated.
  • The gap between poverty and richness/wealth keeps growing.
  • 7 out of 10 people live in those countries where the gap between poverty and richness/wealth is bigger than 30 years ago.
  • 1 out of 9 people starve every day and more than 1 billion of people live with less than 1.25$ every day.
  • At this pace, in 2016 1% of the richest people in the world will detain 50% of the richness/wealth of the planet.

Development of a social and solidarity-based economy (ESS)

  • Brazil : National Secretariat created in 2003; forum gathering around 22.000 companies; Information System (SIES).
  • Equator and Mexico : National legislation since 2011 and 2012.
  • Spain, Portugal, Belgium and France : National legislation.
  • Luxembourg : ESS Ministry.
  • Italy : 10 ESS regional regulations.
  • In Europe, ESS gathers more than 6% of the working population.

ESS can play a strategic role to achieve the objectives of a sustainable development and a decent life for everybody by/in 2030.

SSEDAS project aims to enhance the networks; the EES wants to play a key role in the global fight against poverty and in the promotion of a sustainable way of living.

The project is established in 46 different European territories as well as in developing 9 countries. The project aims to  :

  • Build a network and facilitate the synergies between NGO and ESS organizations.
  • Share the experiences implemented in the « PED » and in Europe.
  • Link each territory to the European Dimension in order to support the ESS and the international cooperation.
  • Increase awareness amongst European citizens about the link between ESS and the fight against poverty.

The NGO RHSF (Ressources Humaines Sans Frontières) represents France in the frame of a project involving 23 countries.
Four territories are covered in France: Languedoc Roussillon, Midi Pyrénées, Aquitaine and Ile de France.
RHSF is also responsible of Malaysia.
Our 2015 activity will consist of :

  • Map the partners in each/this territory depending on their political relevance and impact on that territory,
  • Identify the good practices upon partners experience.

Coordination and communication

Mascotte du projet européen SSEDASThere will a mascot whose name SuSy is linked to the European project, i.e. Social & Solidarity Economy as Development Approach for Sustainability (ESS as approach of sustainable development), which will last 3 years. SuSy stands for Sustainability and Solidarity in Economy.
A dedicated website, will be soon available.

Discover the films produced for SUSY project about SSE best practices selected in France and Malaysia.

Territories  Association and Social Innovation (ATIS) - Aquitaine: ATIS, created in 2010 thank to the initiative of the ESS actors, brings ideas and concepts since the emergence phase until the creation phase in Aquitaine. To accomplish its mission, ATIS represents 3 areas: the Factory of Initiatives, including the ideas collected in the territory, which do not have project owners, the Incubator of social innovation and ESS for the project owners, who have ideas, which are socially innovative and enable the creation of jobs and the Local Support Measure, which aims to develop the network and to back employers’ associations wishing to expand. Discover ATIS best practice's film, produced by Emmanuelle Schies below: 


Enercoop - Languedoc-Roussillon: It is a cooperative society of collective interest, which was created in 2005 and plays an active role on the entire French territory. Enercoop is the only supplier of electricity 100% renewable and cooperates directly with the producers. The status of a cooperative society of collective interest (SCIC) implies democratic governance, i.e. one person one vote. This status is in accordance with the dictates of a social and solidarity-based economy. Discover ENERCOOP best practice's film, produced by Emmanuelle Schies below:


Initiatives for a Solidarity-based Economy (IES) - Midi-Pyrénées: It is a cooperative society of public interest based in Toulouse. Since 15 years, IES is engaged in financing and supporting socially solidarity-based companies. Thanks to its activities, IES enables the creation of jobs and plays a key role in the local development. Since its creation in 1998, 87 companies (including 14 insertion companies) have been financially supported with 1,550,986 Euros, which represents 676 jobs created or maintained. IES financially supports ethical and solidarity-based companies, in according with predefined criteria. Discover IES best practice's film, produced by Emmanuelle Schies below:


La Boite à Champignons - Ile-de-France: La Boite à Champignons (company labelled ESUS*) proposes an innovative economic model, i.e. circular economy adapted to urban agriculture. It recycles coffee grounds to grow mushrooms called “Monte Cristo oyster mushrooms”. Basically, La Boite à Champignons uses coffee grounds, a urban organic waste, to grow mushrooms. Once the mushrooms are collected, the crop waste is used to enrich the poor soils. Additionally, it sells bags to farmers and that enables them to grow mushrooms and have additional incomes. It merchandises also the so-called “mushrooms box”, which enables private individuals to grow their own mushrooms. La Boite à Champignons reduces to the minimum its environmental impact on the territory and brings environmentally-friendly solutions to the city. Discover La Boite à Champignons best practice's film, produced by Emmanuelle Schies below:


The weavers Iban of Rumah Gare - Malaysia: This project, led by Doctor Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, comes in support of the Weavers IBAN, whose majority is composed by women, with the aim to develop the sale and the weaving of traditional textiles. The traditional textiles, called “Pua Kumbu”, are recognized by the public as remarkable pieces, which require ancestral skills and lots of time to be produced. The pieces of textile are sold at a right price, which grant the weavers a decent salary. The development of this project allows the preservation of the IBAN culture and enables to contribute to the development of the local community. Discover the weavers Iban best practice's film, produced by Charles Gay below: