How can social economy and business collaborate for social impact?

Business and social economy are often treated as independent sectors. Most often, however, they are united by an interest in social impact, which leads to forms of collaboration that have significant potential for innovation and community benefit.

Together with the lead partner Technopolis, and five other international research centres, LAMA contributed to a European study commissioned by EASME (EU Commission) as a follow-up to the Social Business Initiative, a European initiative to support social enterprise.

The study assessed existing collaborations between businesses and the third sector, through questionnaires, interviews and the realisation of case studies in different sectors and subject areas. LAMA was also responsible for the development of an evaluation model for profit/non-profit collaborations, co-created with experts, companies and stakeholders from the sector.