Fact-finding visit to Spain

22-24 May | Madrid, Spain

Conducting business in a way that puts people and the environment before profit is possible. The social economy and social enterprises contribute to the social and professional inclusion of people in vulnerable situations, and provide services – including social and green services – for the benefit of the community. In other words, social enterprises, while selling products and services on the market, are committed to producing a positive social impact.

Social Platform’s fact-finding visit to Spain will allow us to collect good examples of the social economy and social enterprises on the ground with a view to improving the visibility and understanding of these important models.

Visiting local initiatives and projects with a delegation of our members will also contribute to improving links between Social Platform and our members’ members, as well as to a better mutual understanding of the interaction between local, national, and EU policies. We will visit projects and services that cover a range of different areas, such as the economic inclusion of migrants and other people in vulnerable situations; supported employment to people with disabilities; and the provision of services by female social entrepreneurs.

For more information, please contact Valentina Caimi (Policy & Advocacy Adviser).


Download the full agenda here.

22 May – Social economy and supported employment in Spain

10:00-11:30 Presentation of the programme; introducing participants; introducing the social economy and social enterprises in Spain

12:30-14:00 Visit to Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation (member of EASPD)

14:00-15:00 Lunch at Fun Bar

16:00-18:00 Visit to a catering and work integration social enterprise set up by Caritas Madrid

20:30 Dinner offered by CEPES


23 May – Participation in the conference ‘Madrid, capital of the European social economy. The social economy, an enterprise model for the future of the European Union’

09:30-15:00 Participation in the conference

15:00 Networking lunch open to conference participants **REGISTER HERE!**

16:30-18:30 Visit to Movimiento por la Paz (MPDL – member of SOLIDAR)

20:00-22:30 Networking buffet with Spanish members of Social Platform


24 May – Visit to projects/services

09:30-11:00 Visit to ILUNION group of enterprises (member of Fundación ONCE – member of EDF and EPR)

12:30-13:30 Visit to CONCOVI (Confederation of Spanish Cooperative Housing and Rehabilitation)

13:30 Lunch

17:30 Flight back to Brussels