Social enterprises

Sweden

  1. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM SWEDEN

Website: http://se-forum.se/

Social Entrepreneurship Forum, SE Forum was founded in 2004 by four founders who got together to create a platform for social entrepreneurship in Sweden. In 2011, SE Forum secured the Swedish Development Agency SIDA’s support to run accelerator for social entrepreneurs from developing countries and in 2012 they ran our first SE Outreach Accelerator.

SE Outreach Accelerator is a program designed for social entrepreneurs who are solving social problems in developing countries through their entrepreneurial ventures. Participants join them in Stockholm for two stays of three weeks each. During that time, they mentor and train them in fields like business modelling, financial management, communications, leadership and social impact assessment. During the first stay, they assess the business opportunity and lay a lot of the conceptual groundwork. When participants return for the second part of the program, they focus on the actual implementation. In between, they conduct market research and engage in their online community through learning and peer-support.

The Outreach Accelerator is open to applicants from around the world who are targeting beneficiaries in developing countries; costs for participation, travel and accommodation are covered. SE Outreach Accelerator is unique in that not many support programs are open to social entrepreneurs from around the world (see the DO School Fellowship as another example among few). SE Forum have received over 300 applications for the upcoming SE Outreach Accelerator 2016.

Within the Outreach Program supported by SIDA, SE Forum also works with partner organizations who are supporting social entrepreneurs on the ground in developing countries, through Training of Trainers (ToT) and SE Mini Accelerator programs. “Through SE ToT, local trainers’ capacity is built to strengthen on the ground support for social entrepreneurs and to exchange knowledge and best practices. SE Forum and the trainers from SE Training of Trainers together run Mini Accelerators in that location. SE Mini Accelerator is a two-week program aimed at turning participants’ social entrepreneurship ideas into concrete actionable business plan.  Their most recent SE ToT and Mini Accelerator took place in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2016.”,

2016 is an exciting year as they are making changes to the programs with SE ToT and Mini Accelerator being run together for the first time and SE Outreach Accelerator Stockholm being run in two parts of three weeks with built-in reflection period in between. “These changes are made from their learning and experience and with the aim to continue evolving themselves to support their targeted social entrepreneurs effectively and efficiently through our activities. Follow SE Forum on social media for updates!”

  1. Beat Food for Progress

Website: https://www.eatbeat.se/

Beat is part of a broader context. A context they call Food for Progress. They are united in the drive to create good, useful and climate-friendly food that is enough for all people on earth. Many people usually recognize another popular concept they are behind: Oumph!

The Beat product is to add legumes to the food. Either you do it yourself with our prayer mass or they have done it for you. Beat has been an ingredient for big kitchens and restaurants since 2012.

They contain a lot of iron, protein, fiber, folic acid and slow carbohydrates. The Swedish Food Safety Authority mentions legumes as examples of food that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

The bean is good for both the biodiversity above and below the ground. Because it blossoms, it helps their pollinators, like bumblebees, butterflies and bees, with food. Under the ground, the bean develops powerful root and loads the soil with nutrients that increase the harvest on the crop the farmer grows after the bean.

With the global perspective and local anchoring, they are conducting the development towards sustainable food. Food for Progress was born of the obvious insight that development is created by people. People who want something better, who take the opportunities that exist and put the future into their own hands.

They join forces to create tasteful, useful and climate-savvy food that is enough for all people on earth.

  1. Live Green

Website: http://www.livegreen.se/

LiveGreen Sweden is a 2-year project funded by the Swedish Post Code Foundation. The aim is to expand the methods developed from the LiveGreen Festival in Karlskrona 2011-2016. This happens in the form of:

  • new festivals and similar experience-based meeting places for social change that are established at different locations in Sweden.
  • a sustainable cultural life that generates positive impact on human life as well as our environment.
  • new trained “durability detectives” that become LiveGreen extended arm.

LiveGreen addresses the great challenges of today and the future – with festivals, music and experience design as tools. They create an experience of a sustainable future that affects and motivates action, with their generation as a motor.

New solutions are needed to inspire people and different actors into a sustainable lifestyle with environmental and social responsibility. At a time when the average temperature has skyrocketed, refugees flow into Europe in hopes of shelter, where young men in suburbs are allowed to live every two weeks and where both climate-denying presidents and racist parties are chosen to the power of dissatisfied citizens – there needs to they are increasingly meeting places and initiatives that work to solve the challenges the world faces.

They have an optimistic view of people’s, leaders and organizations’ willingness to contribute to an inclusive and sustainable society, and therefore we work to inspire and lift opportunities rather than scare and focus on problems. LiveGreen and their changemakers work in different ways with attitude and behavioral change, knowledge dissemination and empowerment through festivals, fashion shows and venues as well as tailored projects and campaigns.

Edutaining experience for change

In order to achieve a society where environmental consideration, social inclusion, integration, gender equality and other sustainability dimensions are a matter of course, more contexts are needed that promote lasting attitudes and behavioral change. Festivals and other experience-based meeting places have the uniqueness and power of uniting people, lifting messages and solutions in a concrete, inspiring and metering manner, thereby showing the way to a better future.

The Postcode Foundation finances LiveGreen Sweden

“80 per cent of Sweden’s young people say they have climate anxiety, but research shows that those who engage in social and environmental issues or make active climate-related lifestyle changes feel better and feel greater confidence in the future. They are therefore proud to support LiveGreen’s efforts to strengthen young people’s own capacity and promote their social and environmental commitment through ecologically and socially sustainable festivals that will be meeting places for new ideas in a different context. “

  1. Boodla

Website: http://boodla.se/

Boodla builds ecological housing gardens and school gardens as a way to create a sustainable future, both socially and environmentally. Their gardens should be an intermediate between the kitchen garden and the discovery playground. The purpose is to promote people’s ability to co-create their surroundings and get to know each other while growing their own vegetables.

They offer housing companies to develop housing gardens together with us and their residents. They create the conditions for residents to grow and thereby to strengthen community, participation and security in the area.

In activities for children and young people, they work with school and kindergartens. There the cultivation becomes part of the educational work.

At the Yellow Villages Subtopia they have activities and growing slots for children and adults who want to grow in their free time, learn more about urban cultivation and who are unable to grow in their area or at school. It is also here that we develop their garden education. They do this in part in their non-profit association.

Denmark

  1. Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark
    (Sociale Entreprenører i Denmark (SED))

Website: http://xn--sociale-entreprenrer-rcc.dk/

Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark is an association for everyone interested in social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social enterprise, co-production and other forms of welfare solutions across the civil, public and private sector.

Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark (SED) is a network forum where social entrepreneurs can find knowledge, get help and support, exchange experiences and ideas and mutually inspire each other. This applies whether one has a long experience as a social entrepreneur, has just started or is simply interested in looking into the possibilities of the area.  Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark is constantly working to strengthening networks for social entrepreneurs both locally and nationally in Denmark to the benefit of our members.  

The work of Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark is based both on scientific research and practical experience, and social entrepreneurship is seen in a larger holistic and sustainable perspective both environmentally, financially and social.

SED is mainly run by voluntary work.

History
Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark originally started as alumni for former students on the Master in Social Entrepreneurship (MSE) on The University of Roskilde on May 2010. 

Membership
Everyone interested in promoting the field of social entrepreneurship can become a member of Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark.  

News and information 
Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark brings news and information on social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social enterprise, co-production, voluntary work, impact investment from Denmark and the rest of the world.

Events and venues
Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark host several network meetings, conferences, study trips and other events to promote social entrepreneurship, to create room for networking, contribute to creative dialog sharing of knowledge and skill development for social entrepreneurs. 

Projects 
Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark is involved in different kinds of projects, that they conduct alone or with different partners. Among others, Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark have been participating in an EU ERASMUS+  project ”Social entrepreneurship development in Baltic Sea region” together with other organizations that supports social enterprises in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Sweden and Finland from September 2014 to August 2016 and a Seed Money project ”BSR youth social entrepreneurship development” also with partners from Baltic Sea countries from April 2016 to March 2017.

Politics 
Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark is working politically to promote social entrepreneurship on the public agenda. This is done by bringing contributions to the debate, writing articles, hosting events and initiating other activities.

  1. Specialisterne (The Specialist People Foundation)

Website: http://specialisterne.com/

Specialisterne works to enable jobs for people with autism and similar challenges. Specialisterne, which translates from Danish as “The Specialists”, is a socially innovative organization, and one of the first companies in the world with a team of specialized IT business consultants all of whom have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum.

The special skill-set that often goes hand-in-hand with autism – attention to detail, strong logical and analytical skills, an above-average ability to concentrate for long periods of time, diligence and zero-fault tolerance – gives their consultants the edge when it comes to a wide range of tasks within the field of IT. It is this kind of skill-set that can be a real asset to your organization.

They provide quality business services at competitive rates: services ranging from low-complexity tasks such as data entry to highly complex software testing, QA and development.

Specialisterne – a social firm

At the core of Specialisterne is a five-month assessment program where candidates with autism go through different exercises, tasks and work situations. This assessment program helps our staff to see past the diagnosis to the candidate’s real personality, skill-set and potential.

Specialisterne Denmark also operates a three-year education program for young adults with autism and similar challenges such as ADD, ADHD, OCD and Tourette’s Syndrome. The purpose of the school is to create a holistic approach to education which, besides teaching traditional subjects, also focus on social and cultural understanding, health and well-being, social behavior and skills. The school works closely with Specialisterne Denmark’s business partners and supports students with internships and work-experience.

The Specialisterne concept proves that people with autism and similar challenges can be valuable and worthy contributors to the labor market, once they are understood and get the support they need to excel.

 

Their vision is a world where all people are given equal opportunities in the labor market.

Mission

Their mission is to enable jobs for people with autism and similar challenges by:

  • Spreading the Specialisterne message
  • Providing training, education and employment
  • Disseminating knowledge and sharing best practices

Values

  • Respect: They strive to create a working environment that embraces diversity and that respects the individual’s requirements, needs and abilities.
  • Accommodation: They listen to, learn from and accommodate each other.
  • Accessibility: They share knowledge and experience and they collaborate openly with their external partners.
  • Clarity: they keep their promises and work with clear goals.

Our Goal is to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges.

 

The Specialisterne Foundation drives the planning process of starting up Specialisterne in numerous new locations. Enabled by grants from private foundations and the European Commission, Specialisterne Foundation is currently also working on implementing Specialisterne operations in Poland, Ireland, England, Germany, Austria, Spain, Turkey and Singapore. In North America, the focus is on Delaware, Minnesota, Maryland, New York, Colorado, California and Washington state, as well as Calgary and Vancouver in Canada.

 Specialisterne Denmark is owned by The Specialist People Foundation, who works to enable one million jobs for people with autism through social entrepreneurship, corporate sector engagement and a global change in mindset.

The enterprise work with stakeholders around the world to realize the vision of a world where people are given equal opportunities in the labor market.

 The program is supported by the LEGO Foundation and by the Danish Ministry of Children and Education.

  1. Refugee Entrepreneurs Denmark

Website: http://refugeeentrepreneursdenmark.dk/

Refugee Entrepreneurs Denmark is an initiative established by a young academic researcher Conor Clancy. The opinion polls in Denmark have shown a marked increase in the proportion of Danish people who want to stop refugees coming to Denmark. This antipathy has become particularly pronounced since 2015, when more than 20,000 people registered in Denmark as asylum seekers. Danish television screens were filled with images of bedraggled people dragging their worldly possessions along the motorway. Many had crossed the border from Germany, reckoning Scandinavia was a better bet for resettlement.

Conor Clancy was watching this development and doing his master’s thesis on management and entrepreneurship, and came up with an idea that was going against the grain. He thought the new refugee arrivals should be seen as a resource, not a burden. “Our research showed that when they’re in the camps, refugees who a lot of entrepreneurial attributes. They come with passion and drive,” says Clancy. He formed Refugee Entrepreneurs Denmark, an initiative which helps new arrivals to start their own business, supporting them with information, advice and general encouragement.

Objective:

Help refugees to start their own businesses, supporting them with information, advice and general encouragement.

Programme:

R.E.D is a social enterprise that facilitates business incubator and accelerator programmes, especially designed for the support of refugees. R.E.D is currently developing several enterprises across many business stages and branches.

The R.E.D incubator operates on two levels. Firstly, within an incubation role supporting the entrepreneurs in the construction of a business from start-up to a realization stage. Secondly R.E.D also facilitates an accelerator stage, giving the refugees access to potential investor networks and reciprocal partnerships for mutual benefit.

After an introductory conversation with the potential entrepreneur the enterprise helps to map out the individual needs of the entrepreneur in what is called the “Entrepreneur Matrix”. This enables to identify the primary focus areas of individualised support, and allowing to continually track the progress of the entrepreneur and adjust support accordingly.

The incubation process consist of business development, cultural awareness, pitching, mentor programme, dissemination conference and networking events.

In the business development section the enterprise collaborates with the entrepreneur in creating an overview of their business. First to formulate a project description, creating a business model canvas and business plan. In the cultural awareness section the enterprise organises cultural workshops and give one-to-one coaching to give the refugee entrepreneurs the tools to decipher Danish cultural codes. In the pitching section the enterprise works with the entrepreneur to create a well-structured pitch for aimed at potential funders and collaborators. In the mentor program the entrepreneurs will be connected to a mentor who they will meet with every month. The mentor will be an established entrepreneur. The dissemination conferences are organised to ask the refugee entrepreneurs that have made considerable progress to present their ideas and projects. The enterprise also organises networking events where the refugee entrepreneurs, KPH entrepreneurs, and others for events aimed at furthering entrepreneurs’ competencies and network are invited.

The acceleration process consists of reciprocal partnerships and crowd-funding. In order to make refugees independent entrepreneurs the enterprise circumvents many of the barriers hindering small and medium sized companies from hiring refugees. Once a refugee is established as a business entity a simple invoice can do the trick. Allowing the refugees to supply new and innovative services as a subcontractor or through a mutual collaboration.

The enterprise is currently working also on the crowd-funding possibilities for the entrepreneurs. For the right project idea, crowd funding can become a big asset, allowing outsiders to contribute to the development of the entrepreneurs business. Combining the crowd-funding possibility with the internal fund of R.E.D (which is a result of the 10% ownership of the incubated businesses) the aim is to give the entrepreneurs a financial boost to make their businesses to take off.

The enterprise also provides various workshops on idea generation, business creation, as well as consulting to already established businesses or NGOs, private or governmental agencies looking to combine entrepreneurship and integration.

In order to participate in the R.E.D programme, the following steps need to be taken by the refugees:

  • submit a project description (1-2) pages describing the business idea
  • attend a meeting to discuss the idea a little further and where the work process will be described
  • if there is good synergy, proceed with a new meeting where the refugee is interviewed on the basis of the R.E.D Matrix
  • the real work begins.

Financing:

The initiative has several partners to collaborate with. Most of the collaboration is currently based on a referral system, where organisations such as the municipalities, job centres, Red Cross and Danish Refugee Council refer refugees with an inclination for entrepreneurship. In the partnership with Kobenhavns Projekthus (KPH) the enterprise is given access to an extensive network of social entrepreneurs in the heart of Copenhagen.

Outcome:

Refugees arriving in Denmark will establish businesses in various fields to become independent and be no burden for the local society. Furthermore, the established refugee companies will eventually create jobs that employ local Danes.

Currently the enterprise works with 10 entrepreneurs who have established their own companies (note that R.E.D was established in 2016).

  1. Emissa

Website: http://www.emissa.dk/projekter-2/

Emissa is a social enterprise whose main purpose is to empower and integrate women and communicates across cultures through food. Is a voluntary association which strengthen women through intercultural projects and events.

The idea behind the catering project is to help refugee women to re-start in Danish society through their social kitchen and large, good networks.

Behind Emissa is Noura Bittar Søborg who reads “social entrepreneurship and management” and Piv la Cour, a trained intercultural social worker. During the past four years, Noura and Piv have worked together in several contexts concerning women’s rights and refugees.

In the long term, they want to offer more women flex jobs or wage subsidies in the kitchen as a step into the labor market.

Austria

  1. SEF – Social Entrepreneurship Forum

Website: http://www.socialentrepreneurshipforum.org/en/social-entrepreneurship-forum-vienna-sef/

EF is an initiative providing an event and information platform for social entrepreneurs (to be) and other people interested in the field. SEF is based in Vienna, Austria and focuses its aims on the students of Vienna.

Their society is facing a variety of unsolved social and ecological issues. Many of the current approaches to these challenges enforced by governments and the third sector are non-satisfactory or not fully sustainable, hence do not represent the ideal solution.

Due to these circumstances, there has been a rise in entrepreneurial activities committed to solving these issues at hand by employing innovative tools and solutions.

EXPAND PERSPECTIVES

They expand perspectives on how to combine sustainable business models with social agendas to create positive impact on society and the environment. In the long-run, they aim to create a bigger picture, perceiving social engagement as a vital part of doing business.

They organize highly informative and interactive monthly events with guest speakers on social entrepreneurship, where attendees learn to make diverse business tools valuable to pursue their social impact goals.

They provide an online-platform for their members to communicate with each other and with us. By staying informed about their demands, they tailor our events to our community’s current interests and needs.

They act as an information hub by providing information & knowledge on social entrepreneurship through current research, insights and practices from the field as well as showcasing current players, events and developments within the ecosystem in Austria.

  1. Magdas Social Business

Website: http://www.magdas.at/

Magdas Social Business was set up by Caritas Vienna, member of Caritas Europa, the network of Caritas organizations on the European continent.

SECTOR:  Inclusion of refugees in a social enterprise in the tourism sector.

 

DESCRIPTION: Magdas, a member organization of Caritas Vienna, was founded in 2012 with the aim to create new job opportunities for people living in poverty who have lower chances of entering the job market. Over the last few years, Austria and its capital Vienna, as well as many other cities in Europe, have experienced very significant increases in the number of people seeking refuge in its territory. Once settled there, refugees often face enormous difficulties in integrating into the labour market, for example because of a lack of proficiency in the language of the host country, or because of discrimination and unfair treatment. As a consequence, they face further problems in accessing housing, and often end up in situations of precariousness, including extreme poverty and social exclusion. At the same time, however, there is a lack of qualified staff in the tourism industry in the region. Convinced that many refugees had the potential to work in this sector, Magdas realized that both issues could be addressed together. The organization developed the concept of a social business hotel run by refugees accompanied by experienced staff. The idea was that a hotel could easily become an engaging and motivating project that could bring together people with very different cultural, professional and social backgrounds. The hotel, a former retirement home owned by Caritas, was designed through a co-creation process involving several companies, neighbours, refugees, and artists; for example, some of the furniture was constructed from material that was reused, recycled and recovered during workshops with these groups. The Academy of Fine Arts was also involved in the project. After nine months of intensive work, the Magdas Hotel could officially open on 14 February 2015. Its inauguration was received with extensive media coverage, as this was the first project of its kind in Austria and in the European Union as a whole.

 

The project is funded by loans from Caritas and Erste Bank; the bank took some convincing of the project’s potential due to its innovative nature. Nevertheless, Magdas was able to demonstrate its expertise as a social business, and to show that they had developed a strict strategy and budgetary plan that would be adapted to the market situation every year.

 

A SOCIAL INVESTMENT APPROACH: As a social business, Magdas tries to solve both economic and social problems using entrepreneurial tools. The focus is not the maximization of profit, but the maximization of societal benefits, solidarity and openness. By focusing on the skills, talents and motivation of refugees rather than seeing them as a burden upon their hosting country or municipality, Magdas has made an investment in the future. With this unique initiative, refugees are recognized by the population as people involved in the community’s activities, and not as people relying on public aid. Public money is saved in the short-term since the refugees no longer rely on benefits, and in the long term, as these refugees will contribute to the Austrian economy in the years to come. In this regard, by cooperating with training institutions and the tourism industry, the Magdas Social Business is able to provide refugees with training that will serve them throughout their life.

 

LOOKING FORWARD: Magdas has two main objectives for the future. The first is to ensure the financial sustainability of the Magdas Hotel in Vienna in the medium-term. To fulfil this goal, the staff are working hard to achieve an average booking rate of 75%, which is deemed sufficient to ensure that the business continues to prosper. The second objective is to develop a Magdas Social Franchise to facilitate the creation of other Magdas Hotels run by refugees throughout the EU. Magdas is therefore currently looking for new partners in other Member States.

  1. Gabarage- Upcycling design

Website: https://www.gabarage.at/

For private individuals and companies, they design new design products from a variety of materials and products. Old files become trendy bags, bowling pins are used to make cone vases, escalators become sofas and much more.  In terms of sustainability, all their upcycling design products are made from materials that are no longer needed. They offer job-related qualifications and jobs for disadvantaged groups of people. One goal is the (re) entry into the regular labor market.

Design: At the center of their design philosophy is the re-design of materials and products. The starting materials are taken out of their original context by their team in cooperation with selected designers and given a new function. Individual pieces and small series are created that are second to none.

With a new face and a new function, their products serve as a guaranteed eye-catcher as well as practical everyday objects with a very special charm.

Ecology: Behind the term upcycling lies the re-design of materials and products that have no value elsewhere. A specific design process prolongs the product life cycle of the output product. Output products – which otherwise went the way of waste – are retained. In addition, an important message is transported against the throwaway society. Sustainable economic activity on a social and ecological level is no longer just a “sugar” anymore, but has long been an indispensable necessity and lies in all our responsibility.     

Society: “Everything needs a second chance” giving people a new, less streamlined “cv” is not just a matter for them, but the ultimate goal. Man is not only “medium” in our socially integrative business, but is at the center of their actions. Gabarage upcycling design assumes social responsibility and employs (formerly) addicts who are prepared to (re) enter the regular labor market within one year.

Gabarage for business: in addition to the private sector, Gabarage appeals to companies that want to exercise social responsibility in the sense of csr.

Luxemburg

  1. 6zero1 incubator

Website: http://6zero1.org/en/

6zero1 is a new space for work, advice and training in Luxembourg, whose mission is to contribute to the creation of sustainable jobs through a web of sustainable and economically viable social enterprises.

Through a customized incubation programme, 6zero1 is the structure in Luxembourg likely to accompany social entrepreneurs throughout the process of creating and launching their social or societal activities.

Being itself a social enterprise, 6zero1 is intended to be the very first social enterprise in Luxembourg to take the form of a societal impact company (société d’impact sociétal, SIS) upon the entry into force of the draft law creating societal impact companies (parl. doc. No 6831) – hence the name of the very first SIS (“6” for short): SIS No 01 = 6zero1.

6zero1 aims to accommodate and support solely the development of social enterprises, which have the aim, in particular, of developing economically viable activities while providing support to people in fragile situations, helping to preserve the link with society, to fight against exclusion and inequality, to promote equality between men and women, to strengthen territorial cohesion, or to develop educational, cultural and creative activities.

The company supports all entrepreneurs who wish to adopt the new legal form of societal impact society (SIS) by assisting them concretely in their efforts (training, funding and advice) and offering them a comfortable personal and individual workspace.

6zero1 is based in Difference, in the 1535° – a creative hub, which is a unique entrepreneurship concept open to all creative jobs, taking thus advantage of a dynamic professional environment, ideally located near the Belgian and French borders. Ιs a joint undertaking of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy and the Luxembourg Union for the social and solidarity economy and enjoys the financial support of the National Grande-Duchesse Charlotte Charity.

6zero1 hosts entrepreneurs that help solve social and societal issues in areas such as mobility, social housing, aging population, improved living conditions, disabilities, etc.

Latvia

  1. Lude

Website: http://www.lude.lv/

What if there was more joy and less waste?

With this thought in mind Lude was created – a trademark for social enterprise that employs senior citizens and utilizes potential textile waste creating design rugs. It gives reason for retired people to get up in the morning and look forward to something, thus also saving a little bit of our green planet.

On old wooden weaving looms Lude employees create stylish and colorful rugs out of textile production leftovers and recycled garments. Every bit of the work process is done by hand, starting from sorting out the raw material, cutting it into strips and then weaving. You can imagine, how much warmth of the hands is put in every rug that comes out of Lude. A true design with good karma.

The company is founded by two childhood friends, who believe that world would be a better place, if every business had a social and environmental element built in it. But Lude would be nothing without brave people, who are still crazy enough to start life anew after reaching their retirement age by learning new skills and putting so much effort and love into woven design rugs.

Among various companies from 6 countries, Lude has received international Quality Award of the Year prize in the category of micro companies. The jury has recognized their approach to creating a business model that naturally integrates and is based upon social and environmental responsibility.

  1. Otra Elpa (second breath)

Website: http://www.otraelpa.lv/

The second breath is the pioneering social business in Latvia, which has been operating since 2009. Our team has found an effective way to raise the funds needed to support charities and social projects. We are already proud of 3 charity shops – two in Riga, one in Liepaja, and how much you have done in the meantime can be checked out in the Labs section.

In the autumn of 2015, together with four other pioneers of social business, the second breath has established the Latvian Social Business Association, which aims to promote the potential and development of social entrepreneurship in Latvia.

Their activity is based on the interaction of three fundamental values ​​- charity, environmental protection and social responsibility. Their mission is to be a society-selected intermediary in the implementation of charity projects, as well as to promote understanding of social values, positive social changes and environmental protection.

Charity stores ‘Second Breath’ is the place to pull your breath after a race in the world of the modern rush. It is a place where to develop a positive attitude and energy, to promote the good, to create pleasure for yourself and others.

In all stores, you can buy a variety of “second life” items donated by individuals and sometimes organizations, as well as transferring ones that have become redundant.

EASY WORK

In the relationship between donors and buyers, the store is the place where the property exchange process takes place. However, the funds raised in this process are directed to specific charity initiatives, which in turn in the near future or in the future will be positively paid back to the whole society, donors of property and purchasers in turn.

BUYERS

These people convert the donated property into real money. The second-low-priced low-cost policy helps you to get good deals. At the same time, people have helped themselves, as well as those who will benefit from charitable initiatives for the money they make. In addition, it is worth remembering that it is environmentally friendly to donate and resell them to the shop for unnecessary things, because things that would otherwise be landfilled will be reused and helping to realize charity goals.

  1. MAMMU

Website: http://www.mammu.lv/

MAMMU is a fashion company that closely cooperates with young Latvian mothers in need. Many of them are less mobile in the job market due to their inability to work fixed working hours. Rather often these women cannot enroll their children into a kindergarten, as the number of places available is limited. If they cannot afford to hire a nanny, a full-time job is not an option for them. The state social benefit is so small that these women virtually have to survive on an income way below a minimum subsistence level.

Involvement of these mothers in the business of MAMMU providing them with flexible working hours is both ends and means of the business activity of this social business company. MAMMU organizes their training, teaches them skills required for production of MAMMU fashion wares and provides them with information needed for setting up their own micro-enterprises for production. After completion of the training stage MAMMU provides these women with materials needed for production. Once the work is done, MAMMU buys these wares from mothers.

Being a social business, MAMMU is rather a cause than a profit driven enterprise, and the aim of the MAMMU team is the provision of social benefits for mothers, meanwhile producing creative and high-quality fashion products.

At MAMMU they follow the 7 Grameen principles:

  • Their business objective is to overcome poverty, or problems which threaten people and society, not profit maximization.
  • They aim for financial and economic sustainability, not charity.
  • Investors only get back their investment amount. No dividends are paid beyond the initial investment money.
  • When the investment amount is paid back, the company’s profit stays with the company for expansion and improvement.
  • Their company is environmentally conscious. The workforce gets the market wage with better working conditions.

…They do it with joy

Netherlands

  1. Tony’s Chocolonely

Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony%27s_Chocolonely

Tony’s Chocolonely is a Dutch confectionery company focused on producing and selling chocolate closely following fair trade practices, strongly opposing slavery and child labor by partnering with trading companies in Ghana and Ivory Coast to buy cocoa beans directly from the farmers, providing them with a fair price for their product and combating exploitation.

The slogan of the company is: “Crazy about chocolate, serious about people”.

Almost 11 years ago the Dutch investigative reporter Teun (Tony) van de Keuken launched an investigation about the use of slavery within the cocoa industry on his consumer report show Keuringsdienst van Waarde. He was literally shocked to discover that most of the chocolate on supermarket shelves was harvested by slaves—worse, by child slaves. He decided to do something about it. He first approached some of the world’s largest chocolate makers, but they completely ignored him.

So, he decided to roll up his sleeves and do it himself. He ate a couple of chocolate bars and then turned himself in to the authorities as a chocolate criminal. By eating chocolate, he was complicit in slavery. But the public prosecutor wouldn’t prosecute him. Teun didn’t give up and went looking for witnesses; victims of chocolate consumption. He found 4 boys who had worked as slaves on a cocoa farm in Ivory Coast. They provided evidence against Teun and the 2,136 other chocolate consumers who in the meantime had joined Teun in his stride. On November 29th 2005, still awaiting the judge’s decision, Teun decided to lead by example and make 5,000 Fairtrade chocolate bars. Tony’s Chocolonely was born.

Right now, slaves are working on cocoa farms in West Africa. Many of them are children. Tony’s Chocolonely exists to change that. Their vision is 100% slave free chocolate. Not just their chocolate, but all chocolate worldwide.

With incredibly tasty chocolate they lead by example and show the world chocolate can be made differently: in taste, packaging and the way they treat cocoa farmers.

Tony’s Chocolonely is one of many companies dedicated to producing what’s known as Fair Trade chocolate by providing better prices to farmers and slave free working conditions.

According to the World Fair Trade Organization, one of the 10 guiding principles of the Fair-Trade movement is to ensure good working conditions and ensure no forced labor has been used in the manufacture of any product.

  1. Taxi Electric

Website: https://www.taxielectric.nl/en/

Taxi Electric is the first electric taxi service in Europe. Their mission is to make the taxi market more sustainable. Therefore, they offer electric taxi services from Amsterdam and aim to boost the demand for electric transportation. Taxi Electric is a Social Enterprise. Delivering a contribution to society is more important to them than making huge profits.

Their world has become seriously out of balance, the differences are increasing. If everyone remains self-centered, they will all lose in the long run. It is time for change. With more attention to each other, to the environment and to collective profits. Join us. Change the System. Never before has nature faced such hard times. Therefore, we drive solely electrical vehicles charged with green electricity. That is our contribution to a healthy city.

Traffic is one of the main causes of air pollution and CO2 emissions. Taxis are great polluters in the city. A taxi based in Amsterdam produces on average an equal amount of exhaust fumes as 35 private cars. That is why electric taxis are a great contributor to a cleaner city.

  1. Vandebron

Website: https://vandebron.nl/

Vandebron is a green energy company based in Amsterdam, Netherlands that delivers green electricity and regular gas to individual and business customers. The company does not produce any energy itself, but instead sells energy generated by independent energy producers. The electricity is generated from wind, solar and biomass, and most of the producers are located on farms or are larger wind parks.

Energy producers set their own prices, and customers of Vandebron choose which producer they wish to be supplied by. Vandebron also supplies natural gas, which is CO2 compensated. Customers also choose which compensation project they wish to support with their gas usage, from a selection of five compensation projects throughout the developing world.

Vandebron was founded in late 2013 as a private limited company (BV) in the Netherlands. The company is founded by Remco Wilcke, Matthijs Guichelaar and Aart van Veller. The supply of energy began in April 2014. In 2017, the company delivered energy to more than 100,000 households. It’s a social enterprise, that believes that the social impact is more important than the money earned for shareholders.

Polland

  1. Nesta

Website: https://www.nesta.org.uk/code-poland

Nesta is a global innovation foundation. They back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of their time. Vending machines for various kinds of products are becoming increasingly popular and effective as a selling strategy. The idea is to create a network of production and distribution dedicated for and serviced by the social economy sector. Monar, a Polish NGO helping individuals with a history of substance abuse and other groups threatened with social exclusion, has at its disposal a network of centers located all over Poland, often close to big cities, thanks to which production and distribution channels can be organized. The vending machines will be supplemented by an Internet store where the same high-quality natural products are sold online. The products would come from a sober living farm situated in the underdeveloped, east side of Poland. Cultivation methods would be ecological providing high quality, natural and food products such as healthy snacks, meals to consume “on the go”, honey and traditional Polish food products. Both distribution and production will be handled by people suffering extreme exclusion from the society. 

Vision: They see a future full of potential, where new ideas solve the big challenges that matter to everyone.

Mission: They seek out, spark and shape powerful new ideas, joining with others to take on the big challenges of our time and shift how the world works for everyone.

Why? New ideas are the key to human progress, prosperity and happiness. In a rapidly changing world, we need new ideas to tackle the big challenges we all face and empower people to shape the future.

The kinds of big challenges Nesta tackle include the pressures of an ageing population; stretched public services; and a fast-changing jobs market.

Their work: Using their knowledge, networks, funding and skills, they grow new ideas that can change the world for the better:

They see – making sense of opportunities and challenges, their research into emerging trends and technologies helps them to answer big questions:  such as what could health services look like in 2030?  Which skills will matter most in an automated workplace? How can public policy harness entrepreneurial energy?

They shift – changing whole systems. Sometimes it’s not enough to grow individual technologies or ventures – instead we have to transform the way whole systems work – for example, by bringing together organizations and individuals from across a field, by advocating for change, by changing policies, or by helping other organizations get better at innovating.

They apply these methods in priority fields where there are big challenges and their capacities are suited to the action that’s needed: health; education; government innovation; the creative economy, arts and culture; and innovation policy.

They work for the common good.:

 That means they have a great responsibility to each other, the people they work with and the people whose lives are affected by their work. So, it’s essential that:

  • They act with integrity
  • They trust each other
  • They give credit where it’s due
  • They treat everyone fairly and equally, no matter what their background or experience
  • They are open about how They work and how They spend their money
  • They respect their environment and act in a sustainable way

Innovation also faces many barriers – such as the fear of failure, rigid institutions and individual disempowerment. Their work aims to counter these barriers: helping the pace of innovation keep up with the big challenges facing the UK and the world, like their ageing population, stretched public services, and a rapidly changing jobs market, and helping people become active agents in their own lives.

Nesta achieves impact directly through their practical programmes (exploring new ideas, testing what works, and applying innovation methods to critically important fields), and indirectly through the take up of new ideas and methods for innovation by others.

Their priority fields and the challenges they want to help tackle are:

  • Health – How do They help a health and care system under crisis from an ageing population living with more long-term conditions?
  • Education – How do They prepare young people for future work in a more automated economy where the jobs of today will not be the jobs of tomorrow?
  • Government innovation – Public services are at breaking point, stretched by spiraling demand, stagnant funding and citizens disillusioned by politics. How can the public sector deliver more, and engage their citizens, with less?
  • Arts and the creative economy – How do They protect and grow a strong, sustainable creative economy and arts sector, given its economic and cultural value?

Innovation policy – how do They create better conditions for innovative firms to thrive, increase productivity and create good jobs?

  1. Mom’s Cooperative

Website: http://www.karat.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/social_economy_and_momscooperative1.pdf

A social economy enterprise founded last year in Warsaw, Poland is a good example of an initiative which provides young mothers with a chance for decent work. The cooperative is producing handcraft inspired by folk art: jewellery, glasses cases, hand bags, pendants and other products of daily use as well as environment friendly toys for children. In order to best fit the taste of variety of clients, the Mom’s Cooperative has created several lines of products:

  • Environment friendly line – based on environment friendly and recycled materials,
  • Mothers & children line – based on the useful ideas that moms tested in practice
  • Popular line – following the fashion styles and Exclusive line – an extravagant style.

Each of the products is handmade, with extraordinary thoroughness and attention to details. Often it takes a number of hours to produce one piece of handcraft. All products are unique. The moms value originality. Moms use the best quality materials for their products, which are certified and come from Polish producers as well as recycled and environment friendly materials.

Mom’s cooperative like other social economy enterprises, combines economic and social goals. The Moms declare: ‘Our aim is creation of valued and recognized brand. They want their specialty to be unique hand made products of high quality and original design’. With this aspiration they want to fit into a market niche, that would allow them to be successful in economic terms. When designing Mom’s Cooperative products, they are using their own experience as mothers, which adds value to the goods. Moms are also following current trends offering fashionable accessories as well as environment friendly products. The Mom’s Cooperative also offer an opportunity for companies and individual clients to order specially designer occasional products answering their specific interests and needs. While the economic success is important for all members of the cooperative, at the same time they aim at activation of women at risk of marginalization both in society and in the labour market. They focus on single, underage, permanently unemployed mothers and support cooperation between them. The profits that the mom’s Cooperative will bring will be allocated to the improvement of qualifications of its members as well as ensuring sustainability of the enterprise. When they will have larger surpluses at their disposal, Moms plan to allocate them to support other women who are interested in developing their own social economy initiatives. Moms plan to support other women in the future, in a way they were supported by various partners. The idea of the Mom’s Cooperative came from the employees of Orbis (Polish touristic company) who also contributed to the cooperative through volunteer work. Financial support was provided by Accor (international hotel company) which supports similar projects in other countries. Finally, the Mom’s Cooperative was established and initially coordinated by Mama Foundation (women’s NGO supporting mothers and their rights).

The mom’s present their products and idea of social enterprise at various events related to the socially responsible business initiatives. They become more and more recognizable and count on a success of their initiative.

Bulgaria

  1. Bulgarian Food Bank

Description ǀ ‘Food surplus occurs for various reasons and we are the part of the food supply chain that can capture it. BFB can accept and redistribute any stock that is in date and safe to eat. We have a logistics warehouse well equipped to store dry, packed and canned food as well as food with specific temperature requirements, fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Bulgarian Food Bank is a registered business operator, in line with food safety standards, and guarantees the provision of safe and good quality food to people in need.

BFB is a reliable partner to the food industry and works with registered manufacturers, processors and retailers, offering its capacity to collect, store, manage and redistribute large stocks of donated food. It could be a couple of crates, a pallet or a full warehouse: no matter how large the quantity of your surplus food is, do contact us

[Source: http://www.bgfoodbank.org/en/dariteli-na-hrana/hranata-koyato-spasyavame/]

Website ǀ http://www.bgfoodbank.org/en/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. FREE YOUTH CENTER

Description ǀ FREE YOUTH CENTRE association is a non-government and non-profit organization created in 1997 and registered under Bulgarian legislation in social utility. FYC mission is to support the personal development of the young people in Vidin and North-western Bulgaria, as free citizens in a democratic society through involving them in educational programs and community activities.

Website ǀ http://www.fyc-vidin.org/abouten.html

 Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

Slovakia

  1. IMPACT HUB BRATISLAVA

Description ǀ ‘The most complex incubator for social business projects in Slovakia will lead you in three months from validation of your solution to project management, marketing, sales, fundraising to financial skills and a sustainable business case. The best projects get a start-up capital and credit for various services from professionals.

You will go through more than 100 hours of training and workshops in three months and your mentors will be at your disposal for personal consultation as well. You will also make contacts in various areas that can help you in developing your business. And all this for free thanks to our partners.

The team of professionals will choose 15 participant projects whose authors will then take part in all 3 incubator blocs. These consist of practical workshops and consultancy from mentors on topics such as basic validation of market potential, practical training of soft & hard skills and creating long-term sustainability.

More information on Impact Incubator available at impacthub.sk/impactinkubator

[Source: http://socialbusiness.sk/]

Website ǀ http://impacthub.sk/impactinkubator/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. SOCIAL BUSINESS

Description ǀ This is an independent platform connecting opportunities for Social Business projects in Slovakia. The project has been initiated by Impact HUB Bratislava, an international network dedicated to supporting Social Business Solutions, working with several well-established companies in this field in Slovakia and abroad.

Website ǀ http://socialbusiness.sk/en/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. CIRCUS KUS

Description ǀ Circus piece is the first school of new circus. Movement, creativity and skills should be for everyone. From nursery- and schoolchildren to managers in companies. Socially disadvantaged families too. The Cirkus-Kus courses are designed to train our strength and fitness, creativity and skills. Modern circus helps us relax, feel joy, beat our own limits and motivate ourselves to overcome virtually anything ahead of us. We’ve been practicing good habits that make us happier, more confident and successful people. We have started working with socially excluded children. A 2% share of each course fee goes to our social circus projects.

Website ǀ www.cirkuskus.sk

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

Slovenia

  1. Fuse drops

Description ǀ Started as a crowdfunding platform for citizens, designers, public institutions, and students who have great ideas to improve services, we continue our journey by promoting service design and social innovation projects.

Website ǀ https://www.facebook.com/pg/fusedrops/about/?ref=page_internal

  1. MAYA AT SMETUMET

Description ǀ A social enterprise that makes art out of wastage.

Website ǀ http://smetumet.com/

  1. STARA NOVA NOVA RABA

Description ǀ A social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for homeless people. In this organisation, homeless people manage the charity shops they have in the city. In addition to that, homeless people write and design the newspapers that they sell on the streets.

Website ǀ http://www.robaraba.si/

Lithuania

  1. COOLUKIS

Description ǀ Cool Kukis is a community that combines the desire to grow its own vegetables and live in a sustainable way. We combine those who wish to plant grassland with unpackaged land and share knowledge and experience. Join us, grow up and bring you together! (Source: http://www.coolukis.lt/ , Translation from Lithuanian language)

Website ǀ http://www.coolukis.lt/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. MANOGURU SALAD BAR

Website ǀ http://www.manoguru.lt/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

 

Romania

  1. COOLUKIS

Description ǀ ‘In the world, tons of street banners and truck tarpaulins are thrown to the garbage dump. This leads, over time, to the infiltration of toxic substances into the soil. Neither the variant of burning is no less harmful, because toxic chemical compounds are emitted in the atmosphere. 
Our solution is simple: to use these resources to create alternative products.’

[Source: http://upside-down.ro/proiect/]

Website ǀ http://upside-down.ro/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. ECO HERBAL

Descriptionǀ
Eco Herbal produces, collects and processes medicinal and aromatic plants with the main objective of establishing a safe market for agricultural products and creating income sources in rural areas. Customer satisfaction completes our mission by delivering top quality raw materials with the utmost seriousness and responsibility. In order to achieve good farming conditions and to increase productivity, Eco Herbal supports free-of-charge households by providing customized know-how for the production of medicinal and aromatic plants according to variety, monitoring soil work and harvesting of matter.

Through its activities, Eco Herbal aims to respond sustainably to socio-economic issues in the rural community, ensuring social inclusion, sustainable development and generating widespread social impact. At the same time, the social enterprise aims to contribute to increasing the quality of life both at the community level and by consumers by placing on the market raw materials and products that contribute to the preservation and improvement of health.

Website ǀ http://ecoherbal.ro/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. NESsT

Description ǀ ‘Twenty years of investing in entrepreneurial solutions that lift people out of poverty’

Website ǀ https://www.nesst.org/

France

  1. Percolab

Description ǀ ‘Practices, models and technologies for an emerging future’

Website ǀ http://www.percolab.com/en/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. (IM)PROVE

Description ǀ (IM) PROVE’s ambition is to accelerate the scale-up of social innovations and increase their positive impact on society.

Website ǀ http://www.im-prove.fr/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. HASC

Description ǀ H.A.S.C is a B2B Advisory Agency Handlesponsible, specializing in the field of disability

Website ǀ http://hasc.fr/

United Kingdom

  1. The Bevy

Description ǀ ‘The Bevy is a community owned and run business with money coming from trusts, charities and grants. We are also funded by shareholders.

If you would like to talk to someone about becoming a shareholder call 01273 281009 or email [email protected] or click here’

[Source: http://www.thebevy.co.uk/about/4590437054]

Website ǀ http://www.thebevy.co.uk/home/4590437053

Contact Info ǀ @thebevy.co.uk

  1. WISEGROUP

Description ǀ The Wise Group is a social enterprise founded in 1983. We are a business that tackles social, economic and environmental problems. We have a commercial focus and any profits we make are re-invested to help the people and communities we work with.  The Wise Group delivers services throughout Scotland and the north east of England.

The Wise Group has a commitment to developing staff, to equality and diversity and to ensuring our values are always reflected in what we do and how we do it. In 2015, Quality Scotland awarded the Wise Group the highest 5 star quality rating and the Scotland Business Excellence award.’

[Source: https://www.thewisegroup.co.uk/about-us/]

Website ǀ https://www.thewisegroup.co.uk/

  1. BHSEN

Description ǀ ‘Welcome to the Brighton & Hove Social Enterprise Network Directory. This is a growing directory with the aim to list all of the city’s amazing Social Enterprises and to make ‘buying social’ easier. Register your social enterprise now. Questions? Contact us and we will help! Use the search boxes above to find the social enterprise you need.’

[Source: http://www.bhsen.co.uk/page/2/?categories=&dir-search=yes&locations=&s=]

Website ǀ http://www.bhsen.co.uk/page/2/?categories=&dir-search=yes&locations=&s=

Germany

  1. SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AKADEMIE

Description ǀ ‘By advancing Social Entrepreneurs we create a new awareness and depict solutions in which entrepreneurial thinking and creating social innovation

in a sustainable manner. In 2010, the Social Entrepreneurship Academy was established as a joint initiative by the four university-based entrepreneurship centres in Munich.

Under the slogan “Education for societal change “this unique network organization educates social entrepreneurs or social changemakers. It also instils entrepreneurial thinking in all disciplines and makes social impact a decision category in organizisations.

The Social Entrepreneurship Academy has emerged as a leading competence centre for education for societal change. We are striving for expanding cooperation to:

SCALE-UP local best practices and competencies so that we build an ecosystem that effectively supports social entrepreneurs to realize their projects and dreams worldwide

CONTRIBUTE to a societal attitude change towards a responsible model encompassing social, ecological, and economic factors.

SHARE knowledge, resources and funds effectively with the focus on high impact ventures which we coach with specialized capacity building.

EDUCATE future decision makers so that they act decently and are ready to take on the future challenges.

Our focus areas

Education & Integration

Society & Participation

Health Care & Social Challenges

Environment & Sustainability

Intrapreneurship & Innovation’

[Source: http://www.seakademie.de/default.aspx]

Website ǀ http://www.seakademie.de/

  1. BONVENTURE

Description ǀ BonVenture’s goal is to tackle social, societal and ecological problems and to contribute to the reduction of these problems, to improve the efficiency and transparency of the social and economic sectors.

To achieve this, BonVenture applies to venture capital methods to the social sector. BonVenture provides a network and professional support. In addition, BonVenture develops and applies initiatives to improve transparency and the visibility of the social impact of these projects.

GoodVenture’s main objective is to reduce social, societal and ecological problems in the field of social responsibility.

While social venture capital is already established in the United States, the BonVenture Group is the first vehicle of its kind in the German-speaking countries. It provides for private equity, loans or grants for the management of social enterprises (who can be both for profit and non-profit). At the same time BonVenture is a non-profit activity for its investors and operates as a social business itself.

Website ǀ  http://www.bonventure.de/en/home.html

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. BONVENTURE

Description ǀ The Tengelmann Group has a long-established tradition of social projects and sustainability. We endeavor to continue these values ​​at Tengelmann Social Ventures GmbH:

Tengelmann Ventures invests in fast-growing young internet companies under the motto “Funding your ideas”. In 2011, we invested in Coffee Circle realizing that the concept of social enterprises was an extremely innovative one. Coffee Circle buys sustainable coffee from Ethiopian farmers, and for every kilogram of coffee that’s sold; one euro is invested in local development projects (e.g., building of schools and wells). As a result of the positive development and response we have received, and continue to receive from Coffee Circle, we have decided to expand these ventures further.

Tengelmann Social Ventures GmbH was founded as a subsidiary company of Tengelmann Ventures GmbH and is a 100% subsidiary of the Tengelmann Group. Tengelmann Social Ventures GmbH’s social business and social enterprise.

Good social business ideas are often not pursued in the early stages, due to lack of capital and insufficient consultation. We like to close this gap with our involvement in the early stages. In addition, our goal is to increase awareness of the impact of investment in Germany, and by doing so, we hope to gain more investors for our ventures.

Website ǀ  http://www.tev-social.de/en.html

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

Italy

  1. BANCO PHARMACEUTICO

Description ǀ PHARMACEUTICAL COUNTER.

CHARITY IN WORK AGAINST HEALTH POVERTY.

The need for drugs no longer concerns only immigrants and refugees, but more and more Italian people and families. Health poverty is an emergency with which we are forced to deal daily . 

The health expenditure of the State, and in particular the pharmaceutical one, has suffered a strong contraction and is much lower than that of other important European countries. Between 1997 and 2011, seven families out of 10 had to reduce their health care costs (source Istat), while the need for drugs of welfare institutions increased especially with regard to prescription drugs. 

From this awareness comes the activity of the Foundation Banco Farmaceutico non-profit organization , not only for the organization of the Farming Day, but also for a broader need support. The commitment was then extended to the recovery of drugs from pharmaceutical companies (now more than thirty companies that donate drugs steadily) and starting, within pharmacies participating in the Banco Farmaceutico system, an innovative service such as ” recovery of valid expired drugs “donated by private individuals. 

Banco Farmaceutico is currently present in 101 Italian provinces with the Drug Harvesting Day, but intends to consolidate and extend its business through the structured and continuous contribution of more volunteers and more pharmacies to respond increasingly more and more to the demand for drugs that the welfare agencies are constantly addressing us.

[Source: http://www.bancofarmaceutico.org/default.asp?id=345, Translation from Italian]

Website ǀ  http://www.bancofarmaceutico.org/

Contact Info ǀ [email protected]

  1. Efrem

Description ǀEFrem (Energy Freedom) is a non-profit association whose mission is to increase the culture on renewable energy in Third World Countries.’

Website ǀ http://www.efrem-edr.org/

Contact Info ǀ  [email protected]

  1. Spe Salvi Foundation

Description ǀThe Spe Salvi Foundation was established with the specific aim of setting up and supporting international cooperation projects dealing with a wide range of educational training.

Spe Salvi looks to educational institutions as the main player in stable partnerships that aim to promote long-term personal and social growth rather than simply meet immediate needs with a short-term solution.

Website ǀ http://www.spesalvifoundation.org/_en/home/default.aspx

Contact Info ǀ  [email protected]

Finland

  1. MIFUKO

Description ǀ Mifuko stands with one foot on the streets of Helsinki, and the other firmly on the rural Kenya. We combine traditional Finnish design with traditional Kenyan handicraft techniques and African colors. The word mifuko means pocket in Swahili. We make sure that everyone has something in their pocket – our colorful Kiondos, cute wooden birds and happiness and happiness in their world. By purchasing a Mifuko Kiondo basket, wooden bird, necklace or a bag you make this possible.

Website ǀ http://www.mifuko.fi/

Contact Info ǀ  http://www.mifuko.fi/contact

  1. KARNESTA

Description ǀ Kanresta Restaurant and Catering Service aims to make it easier. The company takes an ethical approach, minimizing its carbon footprint by using local ingredients and organic food as much as possible. The Finnish Association for Public Health, whose members include the Foundation for Pediatric Research, the Finnish Heart Association, the Central Union for the Welfare of the Aged, and the Finnish Association for Mental Health.

Carrying the Finnish Social Enterprise “When an institution – for example Finlandia Hall in Helsinki -” says CEO Antti Rosenberg. “Our future goals are to increase our business moderately and make the mark known in the restaurant world.”

Website ǀ http://www.kanresta.fi/etusivu/

  1. SOTEK

Description ǀ Based in the cities of Kotka and Hamina, Sotek is a foundation that provides training, subsidised work, coaching and support for people with mental disabilities. It also assists in finding work for people who have challenges related to long-term unemployment or substance addiction, and for immigrants and young people who have yet to acquire vocational training.Established in 2004, Sotek has about 60 employees and a turnover of 4.7 million euros. They aim to offer people the confidence to work and participate in society. They help roughly 800 people a year find work in one of their ten locations in the Kotka-Hamina region, in jobs that include sorting second-hand clothes, delivery services, cleaning and handicraft work.

Website ǀ http://www.sotek.fi/