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EU Green Week Partner Event – Social Economy Solutions Towards Zero Pollution
Welcome to the EU Green Week partner event “Social Economy Solutions Towards Zero Pollution”, to be held on Thursday 3rd June at 15.00 - 17.00 CET, as a zoom webinar. Register for this important event here. You can find the draft agenda here. We aim to raise awareness of an important alternative business model (the social economy), which helps us to fight for the green transition towards a better environment by reduce pollution while keeping profits local, ensuring equality and a fair society, to a wider audience. Examples include working towards the green transition through: Reducing plastic pollution, The farm to fork strategy and change in the food environments through consumer co-operatives, cooperatives providing several environmental services including landscaping, waste management and treatment and social farming, associations of solidarity entities dedicated to the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste, with the objective of social transformation and promotion of the socio-labour insertion of people at risk of social exclusion, cooperative energy communities (REScoops) and more. The social economy is a major socio-economic player of our Single Market. In the EU alone, there are 2.8 million social economy enterprises and organisations, ranging from SMEs to large groups, that operate in all sectors, employing 13.6 million citizens and accounting for 8% of the Union’s GDP. The social economy is made of a diversity of organisations as cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations and social enterprises, among other legal forms, united by values and features as the primacy of people and the social objective over capital, democratic governance, solidarity and the reinvestment of most profits to pursue sustainable development objectives.
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