To address the social and environmental challenges the world is facing today, it is imperative we move towards a more socially inclusive, fair and sustainable economy and society.
Every year, Euclid Network surveys its membership to better understand the state of social enterprise support in their country of origin or operating countries, and determine cross-border trends and challenges, particular characteristics of this sector, and the avenues for growth, collaboration and scaling. This report is the result of an online survey conducted only with Euclid Network members, regarding organisational structure (including staff and governance), Impact creation (direct and indirect), Impact measurement and management (IMM), financial growth and financial planning, EU funding experience, needs, challenges and barriers of the social enterprise sector and overall EN membership evaluation. The 2022-2023 Annual Consultation received input from 34 of EN’s 46 members, representing over 24 countries within the Network.
Crucial stepping stones, put in place by the European Commission to enable the transition towards this “Social Economy,” are the Social Economy Action Plan (SEAP) and the Transition Pathway (TP). The SEAP and TP, amongst others, show the pivotal importance of social enterprises and their support organisations in this transformation.
We truly see this report not as Euclid Network’s report, but as a display of the state and pulse of social entrepreneurship and intermediary actors in Europe. Having said that, we remain committed to improving this survey and the reports to come, and ask you to actively take part by providing us with your views, suggestions, impressions and questions regarding the topics and insights presented. We believe in the power of networking, and even more so, in the power of dialogue and engagement with all of the key stakeholders in the SE ecosystem.
Euclid Network (EN) believes that cultivating diversity is an asset and an added value of the Network. While the results of the survey indicate varying degrees of convergence and divergence within the sample (34 responses), it can contribute to a better understanding of the state of SESOs in Europe and neighbouring countries, highlighting some of the gaps and opportunities indicated by the respondents.