Pool of solutions for tomorrow

Since 2014, under the Hamon Act, the social solidarity economy has integrated all economic structures that operate on the basis of solidarity, fairness and social usefulness. In France, it has more than 2 million employees and accounts for almost 10% of GDP. Co-operative economic models also encourage the emergence of solutions. A look back at unrecognized players in ecological and social transitions.

What is SSE?

When we talk about the social solidarity economy (ESS), we are talking Of the corporate group Organized in the form of co-operatives, mutual organizations, associations, or foundations, their internal functions and activities are based on Principles of solidarity and social usefulness »», According to the definition given by the French government.Whatever their legal form, the structure of the SSE is based on common ambitions: participation Economy to serve people Not capital. Their beliefs? Social utility.

Whatever the areas of trade, agriculture, finance, health, insurance, industry and their activities, the structure of the social solidarity economy Social project where environment Access to health care, job creation for locals, fighting global warming and more. All conditions for recognition as an SSE structure are set by Article 1 of the Act of 31 July 2014.

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“SSE is an outstanding and sustainable economy, based on the balanced creation and redistribution of wealth for the benefit of stakeholders.”According to Alexandra Debaisieux, Deputy CEO of Railcoop, it is recognized as a railroad co-operative that serves the social solidarity economy.

Diverse structures that serve a sustainable world

And for good reason, “By involving employees directly in the development of their business, it creates another relationship between wealth production and work, which also makes it an economy of liberation in the service of social justice.”Shares Alexandra in AÉSIO Mutual Magazine. This magazine collects testimonials from key SSE players on the organization’s site.

association Local or international, Non-profit mutual organization, Basics People and companies, For-profit company, Cooperative Co-operatives and participatory societies (Scop) and co-operatives of collective interest (Scic) all have the same goals. It is about serving humans and their environment and participating in a more sustainable economy.

Moreover, for this reason, their public supervision is centered around the Ministry of Ecology. “To provide the best support for regional innovation efforts in the face of key social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.”Can you read it on the French Government website?

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Within these structures that serve a sustainable world are more than 8 out of 10 cultural institutions (dance schools, music schools, etc.), more than 90% of sports clubs and 54% of complementary health. .. To the data from the National Astronomical Observatory of ESS. In other words, interrelationships seem to be a major player in this alternative economy, which is not new.

Mutual, important player of SSE

Indeed, each other has long embodied the values ​​of democratic governance, non-profit and social usefulness. To understand this, we must go back to the 18th century and return to the local mutual aid of the workers, where they came from.
Today, the interrelationship is Essential links in social protection systems..

In this business model, member both Beneficiary And that owner Their mutual. This is the case, for example, with the AÉSIO Mutual, which is recognized as a major player in SSE. It is a member of the Fédération Nationaledela Mutualité Française and Codedela Mutualité and has no shareholders and therefore has no financial compensation purpose.

Therefore, it can re-inject its benefits into Projects and actions for members.. And this is the cornerstone of the structure of the social solidarity economy, with nearly 750 interrelated parties working on a better world today.