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THE HAGUE, The Netherlands – We are happy to announce the launch of the second edition of the European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM) at the 2021 Social Enterprise World Forum. The ESEM provides an opportunity to impact-driven entrepreneurs to share their perspective and influence the next generation of social enterprise strategies, support, funding and investing policies and laws.

As of today, the second Social Enterprise Monitor survey is now live and available for social entrepreneurs. Social entrepreneurs are invited to share their experiences, help close the current gap in data on social enterprise and have a say in the future direction of policy and funding decisions that will affect their business! Perspectives of all participants will bring invaluable insights into the ecosystem, successes and barriers of social entrepreneurship in Europe.

Launched in 2020, the ESEM is the first social enterprise monitor conducted on the European level. The project fills the current social enterprise data and informs decision-makers in government, civil society and the wider economy. The aim is to communicate, support and promote the needs and interests of enterprises in the social and solidarity economy across Europe and beyond. The ESEM provides the data which is needed for evidence-based policy making, supports collaboration across Europe and the dissemination of best practice. As Nicolas Schmit, the European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights said:

While ‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to one single plan’, the ESEM provides us with detailed data and analysis that will inform the upcoming European Action Plan for Social Economy and the decisions of policy makers at all levels of governance.

The ESEM is an initiative by Euclid Network – European Network of Social Enterprise Support Organisations in collaboration with 20+ social enterprise support organisation members, partners and universities, supported by the European Commission, Google.org, SAP, ImpactCity, Bertelsmann Stiftung, the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation. The ESEM is implemented by an ever-growing consortium of impact-driven organisations across Europe in 21 countries in 21 languages across Europe.

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