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SEFORÏS: Social enterprises and their role in creating more inclusive societies

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SEFORÏS: Social enterprises and their role in creating more inclusive societies

The consortium of SEFORÏS investigates the potential of social enterprise in the EU and beyond to enhance the inclusiveness of societies through greater stakeholder engagement.

As demonstrated by some noteworthy examples such as Triodos bank, social enterprises seem to have more sustainable, stable, and resilient-to-shocks business models as they typically adopt a long-term view of their business, rely on different motivational schemes, and are more embedded in local communities than traditional enterprises.

SEFORÏS, standing for Social Entrepreneurship as a Force for more Inclusive and Innovative Societies, is a multi-disciplinary research programme on social entrepreneurship and innovation, funded by the European Commission and run by a consortium of academic and non-academic institutions, including Oksigen Lab and i-propeller.

The consortium investigates the potential of social enterprise in the EU and beyond to enhance the inclusiveness of societies through greater stakeholder engagement, promotion of civic capitalism and changes to social service provision.  An important objective of SEFORÏS is to create better understanding and policy-relevant insights on how formal and informal institutions affect social performance and vice-versa.

The consortium members stress the importance of the practical relevance of the findings for their stakeholders. They enrich their policy recommendations with bottom-up views and longitudinal dataset via telephone surveying of 1000 social enterprises across the following countries: UK, Sweden, Spain, Hungary, Romania, Germany, Portugal, Russia and China. Moreover, they use smart communication tools to enhance participation processes between different stakeholders in the sector. 

More info and publications on the Seforïs project website : www.seforis.eu