Social Europe Guide

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Social economy and social entrepreneurship - Social Europe Guide, volume 4

At the end of April 2013, the EC's Employment DG published volume 4 of its biannual series, the Social Europe Guide.

The guide "illustrates the key issues and challenges, explains policy actions and instruments at EU level and provides examples of best practices from EU Member States. It also presents views on the subject from the Council Presidency and the European Parliament. The fourth volume in the series describes the vivid world of social economy organisations (such as co-operatives, associations, mutuals and foundations) as well as the more recent phenomenon of social entrepreneurship, i.e. business created to achieve social rather than financial goals. In addition, it illustrates trends towards greater social responsibility among citizens/consumers, for-profit companies and financial institutions. Finally it reviews ways in which European and national policies support the social economy and social enterprise. The guide is available in printed format in English, French and German.