Social Economy Europe welcomes the inclusion of the Social Economy in the Joint Statement on the Just Transformation Vision

The social economy is gaining speed in its quest to be mainstreamed in EU Policy and publicly recognised and understood. The social economy will be represented in the in the Porto Social Summit by Director of Social Economy Europe, Victor Meseguer. Moreover, It is included in an important joint statement form well know environmental advocacy groups, some of which have also contributed formally to the Social Economy Action Plan.

We are getting talked about!

Social Economy in a Common Statement of a Just Transformation Vision

In anticipation of the Porto Social Summit on May 7th, is the launch of the Just Transformation Vision – underpinned by a set of ten key principles guiding just transitions towards a climate-safe, sustainable, equitable and inclusive society. The Vision statement is coordinated by CAN Europe and is the result of consultation with various advocacy groups working on the Just Transition, including Social Economy Europe

The vision for a societal just transformation levels the importance of environmental and social protection. By setting these principles we wish to highlight the irrevocable links between social and environmental goals and the need for a new governance structure, in the framework of the EU’s social rights agenda.

Read the full statement here.

Social Economy Europe welcome the inclusion of social economy enterprises and organisations, which are referred to twice in the joint transition statement. In both principle four and seven (see image).

Call to Sign the Statement

CAN Europe is calling all parties, organisations, groups who see themselves as stakeholders to the societal just transformation, to endorse the Just Transformation Vision by signing the ten principles that will guide structured collaborations in the run up to the  COP26 in November. This will pave the way for working together, with a wide range of diverse actors, for a sustainable future that can be shaped with and for people.

Social Economy Europe have signed, and we encourage your organisation to do the same.

As taken from the original press release from CAN EuropeElif Gunduzyeli, from Climate Action Network Europe says:

With the Just Transformation Vision, we propose a holistic, value-based and people-centred approach for a sustainable, just, resilient society in which planetary boundaries are respected. This long-term vision addresses the impacts of climate change and mitigation actions, not only on the existing inequalities, but also on the future generations. Today, signatory organisations will join efforts and collaborate to support the implementation of these just transformation principles in delivering the Paris Agreement objectives as well as the European Pillar of Social Rights Action Plan””

Social Economy Europe welcome the input of highly recognised advocacy groups into this statement, but also the recognition of the social economy in these important statements. Katie Treadwell, from WWF European Policy Office says:


“…it is clear that we need a transformation of our values – to protect our nature and our societies. The set of Just Transformation principles will help guide decision makers and help stakeholder partners to develop concrete actions to deliver these changes. By signing the principles, we call for active recognition towards a holistic approach where social and environmental goals are different sides of the same economic coin

Further Mainstreaming

As previously mentioned, proof that the social economy is being further mainstreamed in EU public and political discourse is the fact that wide-ranging organisations such as the WWF made contributions to the Social Economy Action Plan consultation.

Additionally, Social Economy Europe are pleased to announce the participation of Katie Treadwell, from the WWF EPO in our EU Green Week Partner EventSocial Economy Solutions Towards Zero Pollution, which is co-organised with RREUSE. The purpose of this event is to build upon the momentum of the social economy´s mainstreaming by bringing the message of the social economy in a just, green transition to an audience outside of the social economy “bubble”. Join us on June 3rd. Registration now open here.


Conference on the Future of Europe

You can keep the up the momentum of the social economy in EU policy by contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe. We have an event in the framework of this important conference

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