On 13 June there was a successful and special conference on social purchasing: Buying for Social Impact. The aim was to come with the officials involved from idea to implementation. To that end, knowledge was shared from research and best practices – in the Netherlands and abroad.
The exchange was very successful, with politics, science, governments and social entrepreneurs sharing in the cultural shift where social purchasing became the norm.
On Wednesday, June 26, De Omslag attended the closing conference of the Rights2Grow project in Brussels. The topic of discussion was the participation of employees in social enterprises in Europe.
In a European partnership, research has been conducted into the practice of 26 social enterprises in 13 EU Member States. These were presented during the conference.
The European Network for Social Integration Enterprises of which De Omslag is a member, convened last week. ENSIE connects the social enterprises of southern, eastern and western Europe, making a large learning network available.
De Omslag was invited to contribute to the World Global Social Economy Forum (7-9 September) by means of a presentation. During the conference local authorities and stakeholders in the social economy were gathered in Montreal to contribute as allies of the social economy and the strengthening of smart and sustainable cities.
De Omslag is a network organisation, primarily for the care and welfare enterprises in Amsterdam and it’s municipality. To stimulate innovation in the area of enterprise, De Omslag has linked up with European network ENSIE. Affiliated organisations can profit greatly from the experience and expertise of other countries. The European network is hereby, through De Omslag, introduced to the situation in Amsterdam and the Dutch perspective.
De Omslag is a member of ENSIE. The European Network of Social Integration Enterprises (ENSIE) was officially established in Bruges (Belgium) on May 11, 2001. For several years, exchanges between national networks for social integration enterprises have made possible the identification of common identifying principles for these initiatives through the various countries of the European Union.
From November 10-12, 2014, “Make it work”, a European conference about participation, work integration and social entrepreneurship, took place in Amsterdam. The conference brought approximately 100 participants together from 15 countries, formed the keystone of the European Commission subsidized project INWORK.