How can the social economy and for-profit businesses collaborate to make a positive impact on society?

Businesses and the social economy are often thought about as independent sectors. In many cases, however, their interests overlap and can make a positive on society, generating forms of collaboration that carry an important innovative potential for the community. Together with the leading consultancy firm Technopolis, and 5 other international research centres, we carried out a study on the collaboration between social economy and businesses, which collected the views and experiences of hundreds of companies and organisations in Europe, through questionnaires, interviews and comparison workshops. In particular, our team oversaw the Impact Work Package, developing a collaborative evaluation model that was created together with industry experts, companies and stakeholders. The study was commissioned by EASME (EU Commission) as a follow up to the Social Business Initiative, a European social enterprise support initiative.