Lot et Garonne: Boss Medef’s idea for a social and solidarity economy

“The world of business should not be opposed to the world of the social and solidarity economy,” explains Jean-Luc Gehry. The President of Medef 47 should intervene during the founding of the ESS, which will take place on Thursday in Damazan.

Since joining Lot-et-Garonne as president of the influential employers’ organization Medef, commercial director Jean-Luc Gehry has established himself as a man of openness and dialogue. Thus, his name appears in the program Assises de l’Economie Sociale et Solidaire (ESS), organized jointly by the council of the department and the training center ADES. They will take place this Thursday at the Ecoparc de ValOrizon, a departmental union for recycling and waste management based in Damazan.
Late in the morning in the company of Maude Caruel, Vice President of the ECC Regional Council; Christine Gonzato-Roques, Vice President of the Departmental Council responsible for Social Affairs, Inclusion and Housing and Michel Masset, Vice President of the Departmental Council responsible for Economic Development, Tourism, Digital and Political Contracts, Jean-Luc Guery will speak during the presentation titled “For the agreed vision of the SSE”.

“Solidarity and the social side belong not only to SES”

The presence of the head of Medef at a meeting erroneously called alternative, whose task is to combine economic activity and social justice, may seem surprising. Not she. And this is not the first time. Last August, Jean-Luc Guery accepted an invitation from Sophie Borderie, President of the Department, to take part in a roundtable on SSE (Fad or Model of the Future?) as part of the second edition of New Mergers.
“At the beginning,” he says, “many asked themselves, what is President Medefa doing here? Solidarity and the social side belong not only to SSE. They are in the business world at large. Small, medium or even large entrepreneurs, we all stand in solidarity with our employees. I think the topic of social responsibility should cover everyone.”
During New Mergers, Timothée Duverger, an associate professor at Sciences-Po, pointed out to him that Medef was in favor of dividend distribution. “I told him that there was neither Total nor Danone in Lot-et-Garonne; there are only SMEs and VSEs where dividends do not exist or are very small. These are bosses who urinate in their shirts every day. They fight not for their dividends, but for the support of the families of their employees. We have to get out of this pattern. For me, the business world should not contradict the world of SSE, but should complement each other. Our companies have a role to play in supporting SSE.”

“We are lucky that we are a small department”

He himself works with SSE organizations or associations and sees no confrontation. He has an idea. “I think it would be a great pleasure for Lot-et-Garonne if we could create, under the auspices of the Department, a form of CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) strategy covering both SSE and Medef, and at the same time CPME (Confederation of Small and medium enterprises), chamber of commerce, chamber of commerce, all economic entities. We are lucky that we are in a small department where everyone knows each other, which is very mobile. Let’s take the opportunity to be an example.”
He entrusted his idea to Sophie Borderie, who seems to be in phase. The draft can be presented at tomorrow’s ESS meeting in Damazan.

In the ESS meeting menu

This edition of the fundamentals of the social and solidarity economy, Thursday in Damazan, promises to be “essential”, in particular with two recognized speakers. Jean-François Drapery, Director of the Center for Social Economy of the Paris Conservatory of Arts and Crafts and Editor-in-Chief of RECMA (International Journal of Social Economy), will give a presentation from 9:30 to 10:30 on the theme “Between solidarities”. , transitions, transformations. Then Patrick Vivere, philosopher, anti-globalization essayist, advisor
Honorary Master of the Accounts Chamber, will focus on the topic “Resilience and Metamorphoses”. In the afternoon, three joint seminars are planned: Citizens’ savings: how to create solidarity savings schemes? (workshop 1) Solidarity food: how to support the development of solidarity food projects? (workshop 2). Circular economy: how to support the development of circular economy projects in the territory? (workshop 3).

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