International and European organisations
AMICE - Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe
AIM - International Association of Mutual benefit societies
CEDAG - European Council of Associations of General Interest
EFC - European Foundation Centre -
CEGES - Conseil des Entreprises, Employeurs et Groupements d’Economie Sociale
CEPES - Spanish Business Confederation of Social Economy
SAW-B - Solidarité des Alternatives Wallonnes et Bruxelloises
REVES - European Networks of Cities & Regions for the Social Economy
ENSIE - The European Network for Social Integration Entreprises
FEDES - European Federation of Social Employers
SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE is open to European organisations representing new forms of social economy enterprises as well as to national representative organisations that gather several social economy families.
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The “Association Internationale de la Mutualité” (International Association of Mutual benefit societies - AIM), brings together 42 national federations of autonomous health insurance and social protection bodies in 25 countries. All these organizations are operating according to the principles of solidarity and not-for-profit orientation. In Europe, they provide coverage against sickness and other social welfare risks to more than 160 million people , either by participating directly in the management of compulsory health insurance, by providing voluntary health insurance or by delivering directly health care and social services through own facilities.
AIM’s goal is to defend and promote, at international and European level, the social values and basic principles shared by its members: access to health care as a fundamental right, solidarity and non-exclusion as essential means to ensure this access to quality health care for all, irrespective of health status or financial capacity to pay; and non profit orientation as guiding principles for health insurance based upon the needs of citizens.
50 rue d’Arlon, B-1000 - Brussels - BELGIUM - Tel: +32 (0)2 234 57 00 - Fax: + 32 (0)2 234 57 08
AMICE is the voice of the mutual and cooperative insurance sector in Europe. AMICE, the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe, was created in January 2008 through the merger of the two previously existing associations of mutual and cooperative insurers in Europe, AISAM and ACME, to represent the interests of the sector with one united voice.
Its prime purpose is to ensure that the voice of the mutual and cooperative insurance sector in Europe is heard and that the interests of its members are taken into account in securing a level playing field for all insurers in Europe regardless of their legal form.
AMICE provides a platform for mutual and cooperative insurers of all sizes to combine resources and expertise, exchange experiences across national borders and discuss key issues and concerns relating to planned legislative and regulatory changes and developments.
With more than 100 direct members and 1,600 indirect members, representing a third of the insurance companies in Europe and 20% of the premiums, AMICE speaks for a significant part of the insurance sector.
CEDAG is a network of non-profit organisations from across Europe established in 1989 in order to provide a voice for the non-profit sector at European level on issues, which are common to all non-profit organisations. CEDAG’s members are regional and national umbrella bodies for the non-profit sector; together they represent over 50,000 non-profit organisations with over 9 million individual members.
CEDAG considers that a non-profit organisation is a citizenship project, increasing economic, social and territorial cohesion. Furthermore, the activities of non-profit organisations are not only limited to the charitable mission of mending the deficiencies of the liberal economy. The developments of non-profit projects are dynamics to be respected. Finally, the economical involvement of non-profit organisations carries a different enterprise culture, social added value and participatory traditions.
CEDAG aims to promote the recognition of the non-profit sector by the EU, in particular the economic contribution of non-profit organisations, their disinterested and democratic management approach, their general interest character and their services orientated towards people, and promote a legislative framework, including in terms of tax, helping the sector to develop. CEDAG also lobby for the right of the sector to be consulted on EU policies of interest to the sector and provide a forum for non-profit organisations across the EU to exchange examples of best practice in the non-profit sector. Finally, CEDAG informs its members about any issues of interest for them at EU level, the current EU policy developments and funding opportunities relevant to the non-profit sector.
32, square Ambiorix - bte 47, B-1000, Brussels - BELGIUM - Tel : + 32 (0)2 230 00 31 - Fax : + 32 (0)2 230 00 41
The Council of the Enterprises, Employers and Groupings of Social Economy (CEGES) gathers enterprises, employers and organisations belonging to the social and solidarity economy in France.
As a movement, CEGES is federating stakeholders of the social and solidarity economy, representing them in the dialogue with the public authorities and the civil society, and contributes to the development of their entrepreneurial model in the market.
CEGES’ college of employers brings together representatives of employers active in the social and solidarity economy.
Social and solidarity economy enterprises represent around 10% of French economic activity as well as 10% of employment. These enterprises create social value as part of the economic market and are present in almost all sectors of activities. Under different forms, enterprises belonging to the social and solidarity economy give primacy to the individual over capital: they are organised around:
democratic distribution of power inside the enterprise;
reinvestment of surpluses to support their social aims and development of sustainable activities – that do not delocalise – in the territories.
Associations, cooperatives, mutual societies, foundations, solidarity enterprises, non-profit social enterprises are all realising economic performance, social innovation and solidarity.
24 rue du Rocher - 75008 PARIS - FRANCE – TEL : +33 (0)1 42 93 56 08 - www.ceges.org - email@example.com
Established in 1992, the Spanish Business Confederation of Social Economy - CEPES (Confederación Empresarial Española de Economía Social) is an inter-sector business confederation acting at state level. It is an institution of highest level in Spanish social economy and a platform for institutional dialogue with Public authorities.
As an organisation regrouping all existing economic actions under the social economy model, CEPES is made up of 29 organisations. All of them are national or regional confederations and specific business groups representing the interests of Cooperatives, Worker-Owned Societies, Mutual Benefit Societies, Insertion Companies, Special Employment Centres, Fishermen´ Guilds and Disability Associations with more than 200 support structures at a regional level.
CEPES works as unique spokesman by integrating and organising all the confederated structures; social economy is both an economic and social agent operating in the market and having repercussions on society through various actions. It has a personality of its own and applies a corporate model with its own specific values.
10% of GDP, total turnover of members, and the interests of the followed are represented by CEPES: almost 45,000 enterprises, more than 2,350,000 jobs and more than 12,000,000 people.
— spread and defend Social Economy and its movements and sectors;
— exert influence on public policies and regulation both at national and international level;
— foster the national economic development by obtaining stability and pluralism in the economic markets;
— transfer to the society and the entrepreneurial sector another way of doing business with social responsibility and specific values;
— express and defend the common interests of the member organisations in society and before both the Public Administrations and European and international Institutions;
— support and represent, in their common aspects, the interests of social economy before all political parties and at the economic, social, cultural or political levels in Spain and in the European Union;
— explore general and common problems of all social economy enterprises, to agree on appropriate solutions and to implement joint action projects;
— implement and facilitate services of common or specific interests of social economy entities;
— promote progress in methods and techniques of management, particularly by carrying out and disseminating research and by organising and implementing suitable training and information resources.
C/Vallehermoso 15, 1ª planta, 28015 MADRID - SPAIN - Tel: +34 91 593 04 12 - Fax: +34 91 448 73 93 e-mail: info(at)cepes.es web: www.cepes.es
The EFC, founded in 1989, is an international membership association representing public-beneﬁt foundations and corporate funders active in philanthropy in Europe, and beyond. The Centre develops and pursues activities in line with its four key objectives: creating an enabling legal and ﬁscal environment; documenting the foundation landscape; building the capacity of foundation professionals; and promoting collaboration, both among foundations and between foundations and other actors. Emphasising transparency and best practice, all members sign up to and uphold the EFC Principles of Good Practice.
For information on EFC membership, please contact the Membership Department at: tel.:+32.2.512.8938 • e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Foundation Centre AISBL 78, avenue de la Toison d’Or, 1060 Brussels, Belgium tel.: +32.2.512.8938 • fax: +32.2.512.3265 • e-mail: email@example.com • web: www.efc.be
ENSIE (European Network of Social Integration Enterprises), asbl, unites national and regional networks of the work integration social enterprises. These networks are made up by enterprises of which identifying principles are:
The social and professional integration of individuals who due to their exclusion and their relegation to a marginal role in society have fallen victim to increasing social and professional handicaps.
Enterprises at the core of the economic system: work integration social enterprises have decided to carry on their activities at the very core of what is most frequently a major factor in the phenomenon of exclusion: the economic system.
Enterprises of a strong pedagogical dimension. The work integration social enterprises initiate training and educational programs designed on the basis of existing potential and develop this individual potential within the enterprise.
ENSIE is currently recognised as key European level networks active in promoting social inclusion by the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.
ENSIE asbl – Chaussée d’Alsemberg 303 – B-1190 Brussels – Tel. +32 (0) 4 240 58 47 - Fax. +32 (0) 4 240 58 79 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.ensie.org
The European Federation of social employers (FEDES) aims at promoting and defending the interests of European organisations managing structures supporting vulnerable and disabled persons, in their mission as employers, in the framework of articles 138 and 139 of the Treaty of the European Union .
11, rue de l’Industrie, B-1000 Brussels - BELGIUM
European Network of Cities and Regions for the Social Economy
REVES represents, defends and promotes the common values of its members vis-à-vis European and Internationals institutions.
Jointly with its members, it pursues the objectives set out in the REVES charter, in order to :
establish a dialogue with the European and international Institutions in order to create positive conditions for the development of social and solidarity based-economy
develop social responsibility and exchange expertise and know-how, and to implement innovation in the fields of inclusion, participation and empowerment of local communities
educate and communicate the contribution of social economy-based partnership for more solidarity-based communities
be a laboratory for innovation in social policies and to support their dissemination in all territories
cooperate and create synergies with other national, European and international networks and to complement them
pursue these objectives in Europe and at international level with a view to territorial cohesion, international solidarity, promotion of equal opportunity and north-south cooperation
capitalize on its own and members experiences in the different fields of interest and make them available to all members
SAW-B: Social Economy Network in Wallonia and Brussels, Belgium SAW-B was created in 1981 to gather and defend the economic alternatives present in the Walloon region.
As a federation of social economy, it brings together more than 100 members, including enterprises being active in different sectors and 13 sectoral federations. It remains active in Wallonia and Brussels. Its mission is to support the development of an economy based on respect for human and environment.
In addition to its role of federation, SAW-B is an approved consultant agency of Wallonia. As such, it participates in the development of economic sectors, supports the development of projects and business creation. SAW-B is also a renowned actor of permanent education by the French Community. SAW-B is mandated in 2012 to represent within SOCIAL ECONOMY EUROPE, VOSEC, the platform of consultation of social economy sectoral representative organisations. VOSEC represents 800 companies and over 30,000 workers. VOSEC encourages and supports the development, professionalization and cooperation among social economy enterprises through, among other things, information, networking and training. VOSEC represents these organisations with the Flemish government.