The 30th Annual European Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC 2017 “Social Firms in Digital Economies’’
The 30th Conference will take place in Linz, Austria in the period 28-29 September 2017 marking 30 years since the establishment of the network. The event will be organized by the Social Firms Europe CEFEC and the Social Firm Pro Mente, Austria in collaboration with Pro mente OÖ. The event will take place at Landeskulturzentrum Ursulinenhof, 2nd floor Landstraße 31, 4020 Linz, Austria.
The main themes are: to present the new challenges for jobholders to meet the requirements of digital economies; the impact of a digitalized society on everyday work; commercial relevance of social firms in digital economies; psycho-social impacts of digital economies; the role of social firms in digital economies.
More information about the registration process and the program are available on: www.30cefecconference.at
The 29-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2016
The 29-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC will take place in Łódź, Poland in the period 22-23 of September 2016. The event will be organized by SFE CEFEC and Social Firm KŁOS in cooperation with Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Niepełnosprawnych (TPN), Social Support Association “JA-TY-MY” and City of Łódź Council. The main objective of the conference is to show the social impact of social enterprises focusing on vocational and social integration of people with mental health problems in different European countries and discuss the challenges that social firm sector is facing in the field of creation of valuable workplaces for vulnerable groups.
More information about the registration process and the programme are available on www.29cefecconference.pl
The 28-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2015
The SFE CEFEC 2015 Conference Social Economy and Welfare in Transition will take place in Olten (Switzerland) in the period 9-11 September 2015 and it will be organized by the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. The 3 main organizers of the 2015 Conference are: Social Firms Europe CEFEC, ICSEM (International Research Network „International Comparative Social Enterprise Models“, managed by EMES/Belgium) and ICSO (Institute for Consulting, Coaching an Social Management of the School of Social Work).
Goals of the 2015 Conference:
– Discuss research based knowledge on work integration social enterprises (national and international)
– Discuss development of practice and policies concerning work integration social enterprises, exclusion/inclusion (national and international)
We have the honor to invite you at the 28-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2015. For more information or assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Petru Vasile Gafiuc,
General Secretary of SFE CEFEC
For more details please contact:
SFE CEFEC Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details please visit the website of the Conference: http://www.socialfirmsconference.ch/
The 27-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2014
Legacoopsociali in partnership with Social Firms Europe-CEFEC, Arcobaleno social cooperative, ŠENT Slovenia, SEA and Alleanza delle Cooperative Italiane cordially invite you to participate in the 27-th Annual European Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2014 entitled “1914 – 2014 from the Europe of WW1 to Social Europe” to be held in Gorizia/Nova Gorica (Italy/Slovenia) from May 28 to May 31st 2014.
The 2014 Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC will be an excellent opportunity for policy makers, social entrepreneurs, academics, social economy researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials, NGOs and professionals in the field of social economy, the international and national community to discuss and debate on the topic of Social Europe 2020: the development of Social Business Initiatives and the legislation in the field of social enterprises.
We have the honor to invite you at the 27-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2014. For more information or assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Petru Vasile Gafiuc,
General Secretary of SFE CEFEC
For more details please contact:
CEFEC Conference Secretariat: email@example.com or SFE CEFEC Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org
Invitation – 2014 SFE CEFEC Conference
Programme of the 2014 SFE CEFEC Conference
2nd International Multi-Sector Conference of Social Enterprises, Lodz (Poland), 14-15 November 2013
Social Support Association “Me-You-Us” (Poland) would like to invite representatives of social enterprises, public institutions and non-governmental organizations from Europe to II International Multi-Sector Conference of Social Enterprises, devoted to social economy issues, which takes place in Poland (Lodz) on 14-15 November 2013.
The main goal of the conference is to exchange and share best practices in running and supporting European social enterprises and cooperation between public sector and social enterprises. The conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to exchange and share on the international level knowledge and experience concerning management and support of social enterprises which operate in specific business sectors. Moreover, it will also contribute to establishing transnational partnerships between various social economy organizations and institutions supporting social enterprises.
Apart from the plenary session, the event will also include meetings (workshops) and study visits in the following sector groups:
. Hotel and gastronomy
. Creative industry: graphics, multimedia, printing
. Elderly and disabled people care sector
. Social enterprises providing communal services – recycling, gardening and cleaning services
. Artistic products/handicraft
. Organizations supporting social enterprises
. Public servants supporting social economy
In order to ensure your organization is represented, please complete and return the conference registration form at your earliest convenience ( to download registration form, please click here ).
For further information, please visit our website http://www.socialenterprises.pl/en.
The 26-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2013: “Social Entrepreneurship Today: Grasping the Challenges and the Opportunities”
The Pan-Hellenic Federation of Social Cooperatives (PO.Koi.S.P.E.) and the Kerkira (Corfu) Koi.S.P.E. “New Horizons” cordially invite you to participate in the 26-th Annual European Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2013 on “Social Entrepreneurship Today: Grasping the Challenges and the Opportunities” to be held in Corfu (Kerkyra Island), Greece, from September 18 to September 21st, under the auspices of the Municipality of Corfu, the Chamber of Corfu and the Ionian University.
The 2013 Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC is organized again in Greece after a period of ten years and it will be an excellent opportunity for the international and national community, academics, social economy researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials and policy makers and entrepreneurs to discuss and debate on the topic of social entrepreneurship during the present times, the possibilities and challenges that arise today in this field.
The organizing committee of the Conference has been working hard to provide you with a full and interesting agenda for all four days. The Conference programme is a combination of plenary sessions, study visits and a number of attractive interactive workshop sessions. More details about the programme will be available within the next months.
We sincerely hope that you will join us in making the 26-th Annual Conference of Social Firms Europe, CEFEC 2013 a true success. If you have any questions or concerns, or if we may be of assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Social Firms Europe CEFEC Chairperson
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E-mail: email@example.com (Social Cooperative of Fokida) or firstname.lastname@example.org (SFE CEFEC Secretariat)
Phone/Fax: 0030-210-9227611 / 0030-210-9231210
Social Firms UK Launches new Online Diagnostic and Support Tool
On 4th March 2013, Social Firms UK launches Social Firms InfoMine (www.socialfirmsinfomine.org.
Social Firms InfoMine is an online tool designed to identify and supply information needs on the social firm sector and developing a social firm. It guides the user through a carefully established set of questions, and – based on responses – will generate a report containing information tailored to their specific requirements. This report provides access to relevant resources – such as guides, links to websites, fact sheets, case studies and various services – all in one place. It also signposts to invaluable information the user may not even have realised they needed. In this way it increases user knowledge about the areas of support.
Social Firms InfoMine has been developed as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project between Social Firms UK and Middlesex University’s Social Policy Research Centre with support from NOMS CFO and Remploy.
“Social Firms InfoMine is a major step forward in the provision of support to social firms. It answers the most obvious question: “what do I need to know and where can I find it”. It allows users to access the information they need straight away in a format that they can work through systematically. Best of all, the tailored report that is generated tells them why they need to know it” said Social Firms UK CEO Michele Rigby.
Two early users commented:
“Very professional looking, the site is easy to use and the results of the questionnaire are displayed in a usable and professional format”;
“Very relevant questions and they produced the results I was looking for”.
“Social Firms InfoMine will make it more straightforward for start-up and growing social firms to find relevant information quickly and easily so they can create more jobs for disabled people” said Jo Munns Director of Strategy and Consumer Services at Remploy Ltd.
“We are pleased to have worked with Social Firms UK on this KTP partnership, and to have been involved in producing such a ground-breaking service” said Alessio D’Angelo, Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University
- Social Firms UK is the national support agency for social enterprises committed to supporting the employability of people at greatest disadvantage in the labour market. At least 25% of a Social Firm’s workforce is severely disadvantaged because, for example, they have a learning disability, mental health problem, a prison record or a history of homelessness or drug or alcohol misuse.
- Social Firms are market-led companies that generate at least 50% of their income through trade, reinvesting profits to create more jobs. Social Firms operate in a wide range of commercial sectors; see www.justbuy.org.uk for details. Since 1999 the number of Social Firms has increased from 5 to over 180 and collectively they now employ over 2000 people, 51% of whom face major labour market disadvantage.
- Knowledge Transfer Partnerships link business with academics and offer graduate associates the opportunity to gain experience running a project. KTPs are run and managed on behalf of the government funding organisations by the Technology Strategy Board, a non-departmental public body. www.ktponline.org.uk/
- The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at Middlesex University, London initiates and supports high quality research of national and international standing. Its researchers use innovative methodologies to undertake research on new and emerging topics within the social sciences, in particular with neglected and marginalised communities, at a local, national and international level. The Centre actively promotes interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. http://sprc.info/
- NOMS is an Executive Agency of the Ministry of Justice, which brings together the Probation and Prison Service, to enable more efficient and effective delivery of services. A key objective for NOMS is the reduction of re-offending. NOMS Co-financing provision contributes to this by assisting ex-offenders to access mainstream services and employment opportunities. www.co-financing.org/
- Remploy Ltd is one of the UK’s leading providers of employment services and to employment to people with barriers to work. www.remploy.co.uk
Past CEFEC conferences
25th Anniversary Conference of Social Firms Europe CEFEC 20th-22nd September 2012
“Social Economy, Trend or Reality”
24th Social Firms Europe CEFEC Annual Conference 5th – 7th October 2011
Merano Italy “Work, Dignity and Social Responsibility” The Mission of Social Firms.
30th June – 3rd July 2010
23rd Social Firms Europe CEFEC Conference, Cambridge UK
“Harnessing the power of business to change lives.”
10th – 12th September 2009
22th CEFEC Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
“Social Firms – A New Dimension of Enterprise”
26th – 28th June 2008
21st CEFEC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
“Social Firms, Employment and Quality of Life: Common Strategies for Social Inclusion in Europe”
11th – 13th October 2007
20th CEFEC Conference, Linz, Austria
“New Work – new culture the future of the world of work”
19th -21st October 2006
19th CEFEC Conference, Seville, Spain
“The Social Economy and Employment of people with mental health problems”
8th -10th September 2005
18th CEFEC Conference, Novo mesto, Slovenia
“Social Economy – Innovative Approaches to Employment”
30th September – 2nd October 2004
17th CEFEC Conference, Thun, Switzerland
“Social Firms – The Challenge of Ethical Business”
16th CEFEC Conference, Athens, Greece
“Social Economy, European Social Firms-Cooperatives What-How-Why”
15th CEFEC Conference, Guilford, UK
“Social Firm Networking and Development”
14th CEFEC Conference, Berlin, Germany
“Develop Social Entrepreneurship in Europe”
13th CEFEC Conference, Lisbon, Portugal
“Equality of opportunities in access to employment and citizenship”
12th CEFEC Conference, Helsinki, Finland
“Potency of Social Firms and Networks”
11th CEFEC Conference, Athens, Greece
“The Reality in Social Firms and Cooperatives: an employee’s perspective”
10th CEFEC Conference, Zaragosa, Spain
“Looking back to move ahead”
9th CEFEC Conference, Linz, Austria
8th CEFEC Conference, Turin, Italy
7th CEFEC Conference, Spa, Belgium
6th CEFEC Conference, Northern Ireland
5th CEFEC Conference, Delphi, Greece
4th CEFEC Conference, Southampton, England
3rd CEFEC Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands
2nd CEFEC Conference, Torino, Italy
1st CEFEC Conference, Berlin, Germany