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:
- Mainstream the social economy within circular policies and beyond
- Recognise the real value of social enterprises active in the circular economy
- Improve access to funding for social enterprises
- Acknowledge social enterprises’ role in skilling and upskilling to meet changing market needs
Read the full position paper here