A fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan


RREUSE is calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan which intrinsically links the social and circular economies.

Social enterprises - operators in the social economy whose primary objective is to have a social, societal or environmental impact over profit - should be at the Action Plan’s epicentre. Their transversal nature ideally posits them to deliver crosscutting social, circular and digital objectives, paving the way for a future economy that works for both people and environment.

To establish a sustainable EU socio-economic environment for social enterprises through a future Social Economy Action Plan, RREUSE recommends four main actions:

  1. Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
  2. Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
  3. Improve access to funding for social enterprises
  4. Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in skilling and upskilling to meet changing market needs

Read the full position paper here