BOURGOGNE-FRANCHE-COMTE: The social and solidarity economy contributes to the regional strategy

The President of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region opened this Thursday, January 20, the regional conference of the social and solidarity economy, at which the SSE prizes were presented. Marie-Guit Dufay announced that the 2022 budget will allocate 10 million euros to SSE.

How to boost the local economy? This was the theme of the regional conference of the social and solidarity economy, which was broadcast on video this Thursday, January 20, 2022. This conference has been held every two years since the adoption of the 2014 ESS law, passed by socialist Benoît Amon, then minister François Hollande.

The event was organized by the prefecture of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region with the participation of the Regional Office for Employment, Labor and Solidarity (DRETS), the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comté, the Regional Chamber of Social and Economic Solidarity (CRESS) and the Banque des Territoires.

The day was led by Leo Bonnen from the regional office in Besançon. The launch with the ESS Awards peaked at 180 concurrent views, and by the end of the morning, the total number of views exceeded 330.

If the purpose of such a day under the 2014 law is to make the projects of SSE companies more known, it was also about participating in the consultation on the Regional Economic Development Plan. Innovation and Internationalization (SRDEII). , a document defining the economic strategy for the period 2022-2028.

“SPP is part of all economic activity in the region”

Mikael Boucher, Under-Secretary General for Regional Affairs of the Prefecture, emphasized the new responsibilities of the SSE to “focus on the local economy, use the circular economy and contribute to increasing the attractiveness of the territories.” This is in an approach that combines “social and economic efficiency”.

CRESS President Tatiana Demarais recalled that ESS accounts for 11.4% of private and public sector employment in Burgundy-Franche-Comté, higher than the national average.

“SSE has a long history in the region, with a model of fruit, then a reciprocal and always associative fabric, solidarity funding, integration through economic activity, and now a circular economy,” he said.

“SPP is part of all economic activity in the region. This is an economy that cannot be moved. Our companies are a true model capable of offering sustainable solutions,” said Tatiana Desmarais.

Based on an estimate of 240,000 active volunteers, the president of CRESS considers this “citizen mobilization”. According to her, “SPP has great potential for our region.”

For its part, the Banque des Territoires “reinforced [ses] efforts” since 2018, in particular with regard to companies identifying five priority sectors: health and social, food transition, job inclusion, learning and digital inclusion.

As Jean-Philippe Sarrett, Deputy Managing Director of the Banque des Territoires, explained: “The goal is to encourage innovation and new projects.”

The regional council is “attentive” to SES

“The environmental issue is largely dependent on the social economy, so we are very attentive to this economy in our region,” said Marie-Gite Dufay (PS) for her part.

The President of the Regional Council of Burgundy-Franche-Comté is working to ensure that “all methods of supporting economic players benefit the participants in the social and solidarity economy, as well as others.”

The “important component” dedicated to SSE in the regional recovery plan has been re-evaluated at the request of the sector and now stands at 13 million euros. “This is proof of the viability of this economy,” the socialist believes.

“For 15 years, I have wanted to focus on the area of ​​integration through economic activity (…) and the home care sector,” added Marie-Gite Dufay.

Ten million euros for SSE in the 2022 budget

During the current mandate, the president of the community intends to “accelerate a number of public policies, especially on the issue of ecological transition.”

During the reflections around SRDEII, “all economic players will express themselves in their expectations, in their needs, in how they feel that our community could be even more or otherwise on their side.”

The region, in particular, will develop an “original system”: a project generator to bring together “very different entities serving the needs expressed by the territories.”

Until January 31, 2022, written proposals can be sent to the region to participate in consultations on SRDEII through this link.

While the initial budget for 2022 will be put to a vote at the meeting on January 26 and 27, Marie-Guit Du Fay announced that 10 million euros will be allocated to “the specific needs of participants in the social and solidarity economy.”

“Recovery remains partial in some sectors”

Home care makes up about 80% of ESS’s activities. The health crisis has exacerbated employment problems, exacerbating recruitment difficulties, especially in rural areas where SSEs are proportionately more represented.

There will be 1,500 vacant positions in SES companies in the social and medical-social sphere. According to CRESS, the Ségur de la Santé-related pay increase led to the layoffs at SSE companies of employees wishing to join the public sector because the companies were unable to offer a similar increase. Therefore, CRESS calls for “teamwork to solve the problems of the situation.”

However, according to Tatiana Desmarais, “SSE companies have shown great resilience; the direct economic damage to these companies is small.” However, the workload and vacancies are causing “great weariness at the staff and volunteer level”. In addition, “the recovery has remained partial in certain sectors of activity.” For example, “youth audiences don’t necessarily find every device that has existed before.”

However, Tatiana Desmarais calculated that “the values ​​of SES were put forward” during the health crisis: attitudes towards work, attitudes towards consumption, the question of meaning… mind social democracy, social utility and responsible shopping.

“Economic Potential of SSE Companies by Example”

Still remotely, the presentation of the 15th SSE Prize was led by Eric Oterno (EELV), Regional Adviser in charge of Green Economy Conversion, Green Jobs and the Social and Solidarity Economy. A jury of 17 economic entities considered 34 applications and determined 5 winners. Four will receive a donation of 4,000 euros and “coup de coeur” a donation of 2,000 euros.

As recalled by the region, the aim of the competition is “to distinguish exemplary projects located in Burgundy-Franche-Comté in the field of social and solidarity economy and to inform the general public about the achievements and potential of SSE enterprises through their own example. “.

ESS Awards 2022 Winners

Team Like a glove awarded for the project of mobile cultural third places around Lons-le-Saunier, in the Jura. For a month in the municipality, you can set up a tent for events. To support the local economy, Deborah Pottier called for “encouraging networking of participants”.

Association melting dishes, based in Salorn-sur-Guy, in Saone-et-Loire, is awarded for its general agri-food laboratory, a place of transformation in the service of farmers, which also provides 450 meals per week for school canteens in Clunicois. For his part, Olivier Belé encouraged the development of a zero unemployment system in the territory in Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

Association Economy Solidarity, based in Tournus in Saone-et-Loire, was awarded for its project to integrate organic gardening. Céline Brion claims to “link various issues” such as resource economics, resettlement economics, and territorial expansion.

cooperative ethical factory was awarded for his gengueta at Coulanges-sur-l’Ionne, in Nievre. Philippe Baudot asked local elected officials to be more involved in projects to “give meaning to community action”.

“Coup de coeur” was awarded ABB reports, a company based in Dijon, for the Tango for the Elderly project, which provides dance and music workshops in nursing homes. In turn, Anne Bramart-Blany suggested “to look for everything positive in the present, a springboard for the development of ideas.”

Jean-Christophe Tardivon

Watch the ESS 2022 Regional Conference Launch Video

The state of affairs of the SSE in Burgundy-Franche-Comté

9627 establishments
99,454 employees (11.4% of paid jobs)
87,469 FTE
2.7 billion euros in gross annual compensation
240,000 active volunteers







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