Social entrepreneurs are necessary because the fragilities of our economic system, revealed by the current health crisis, force us to accelerate the construction of a more inclusive and sustainable model of society.

Christophe Itier

French High Commissioner for Social & Solidarity Economy and Social Innovation, French Ministry for the Ecological Transition

While awareness surronding ecological transition is growing under the dual influence of the increasingly significant effects of climate change and the mobilisation of citizens around the world, social entrepreneurs have long been committed to building a more sustainable world. Their initiatives are thus numerous in the areas of renewable energy production, the fight against fuel poverty, sustainable food, the circular economy and alternative forms of mobility.

These commitments are made all the more visible and necessary because the fragilities of our economic system, revealed by the current health crisis, force us to accelerate the construction of a more inclusive and sustainable model of society.

This eighth edition of the Social Entrepreneurship Barometer shows the strength of the commitment of social entrepreneurs and demonstrates that the social and solidarity economy is creating solutions adapted to the challenges of tomorrow’s world and the ecological transition. Indeed, the social entrepreneurship model is characterised by its long-term vision and by its capacity to collectively create services, goods and tools, whose co-construction guarantees efficiency, appropriation by all and wide dissemination. Because social entrepreneurship is deeply rooted in the territories, because it concerns matters of everyday life, it brings about the necessary transformations in our behaviour and activities.

Today, if more and more entrepreneurs are to meet the challenges of ecological transition and climate change, it is crucial to support them even more and to better value their commitment. The French Impact national banner aims precisely at federating and equipping the ecosystem of social and environmental innovation, enabling the promotion of the many initiatives that meet the unfulfilled needs in our territories and turn them into national responses.

The scope of environmental problems also requires us to find solutions on a global scale. This conviction led us to organise the Pact for Impact Summit in Paris in July 2019 to launch an International Alliance aiming at federating know-how and promoting actors fighting against the effects of climate change in particular.

The challenges we face make it more important than ever that we mainstream today’s pioneers, those who are building a more sustainable world.