Social economy and solidarity economy discussed at Lyon DJCE

They are specialists and even pioneers in this field. Myself Wilfried Meyne (Alcyaconseil Avocats) and myself Xavier Delsol (Delsol Avocats) have undoubtedly been one of the best legal experts on CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) aspects and social and solidarity economy issues.

Opening the round table closing Friday, November 26 at the DJCE Fall Seminar in Lyon (see elsewhere), Xavier Delsol recalled in the form of history and personal experience mixed with how far the topic has come.

“I started in the 1980s when all these questions didn’t exist. It all started with sponsorship, almost like a form of charity.”delivered by a lawyer from Lyon, unraveling the thread of a long maturation of minds against the backdrop of social changes

“We feel the real awareness of the leaders”

“Companies have realized that there may be other goals besides making a profit. Even if for a long time some of them have started the process to please their employees, their customers, more than out of motivation or personal convictions.”Me Delsol emphasized.

“Today we feel a real awareness of leaders who consider the company as a whole, a single entity that lives in a social group.”

“In a social and solidarity economy, the power of the imagination”

The evolution towards a more virtuous capitalism raises questions that the 2019 Covenant Law on the Growth and Transformation of Companies tried to provide concrete answers by enabling the creation of more hybrid structures.

Based on this text, a company may, for example, adopt a “raison d’être” in its articles of association. In the face of these changes, legal expertise must take its place.

“However, few lawyers in France specialize in these areas. But these topics will become central to the life of companies, which will have more and more legal significance.”Wilfrid Maynet told me.

Hoping that the spirit of innovation and freedom can continue: “In SES, the power of the imagination. This is a sector where creativity rules. Conversely, there is no “comfort” at the legal level in the absence of case law or many articles..

Development of a social and solidarity economy: a question of taxation?

While it’s still a little early to make an initial assessment of the PACTE law, companies still seem a little timid to make the move, except for large groups.

Can tax changes stimulate movement? In any case, the government doesn’t seem to want to work on specific taxation. Thus, shareholder funds do not always enjoy comparative advantages. “There is a real object of taxation” concluded with one voice Me Meynet and Delsol.


Many experts at the DJCE meeting in Lyon

Creative atmosphere at the Malraux Amphitheatre, Friday, November 26, at the Tobacco Manufactory. Round tables succeed each other in the presence of an attentive public to the theme of this autumn seminar: “Social and solidarity economy, the future of CSR? “.

The day began with a series of testimonials with Clémence Lelarge representing the Ninkasi charity, Philippe Imbert, director of CSR Eau du Grand Lyon (Veolia), Jean-Baptiste Leger, distribution brand Lidl, and finally Alexandre Contensen, president of the transformation consultancy. Agency Marsatwork.

Government Representative in Lyon

The second roundtable was devoted to the analysis of the development of the SSE in France around Jean Bourcart, Cabinet Minister Olivia Grégoire, Secretary of State in charge of Social Economy and Solidarity, Pauline Petot, Director of the ESS Regional Chamber. and Marion Pascal, Ecovadis Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist. Before the final round table, which brought together Mez Delsol and Meynet (see opposite).

And at the end of this workshop, the organizers of the Lyon DJCE association were satisfied that they were able to bring together many profiles to provide food for thought on these topics.

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