Who we are:
Social Platform is the largest network of civil society organisations* in the European Union advocating for a social Europe. It is driven by a membership of European federations united in the fight for social justice, equality between all people, inclusion, sustainability, and participatory democracy in the EU and beyond.
Why we exist – our vision:
We exist because:
- the current socioeconomic system does not promote social justice**, including a just distribution of wealth, respect for human rights and dignity of all,
- the values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty are not yet central to the European project
- our democratic system misses an important element: civil dialogue.
Social Platform calls on all EU leaders to strive for a society based on social justice, where dignity, wellbeing, respect for every person and their human rights are at the centre of all decisions and actions.
For this, the network will work together in the coming years to ensure that Social Justice becomes the compass guiding all political decisions and economic actions in Europe.
Cornerstone to such change is rooted in our democracies, that need to be more participatory to make sure that the voices of people are heard.
In that regard civil dialogue is key and if strengthened, it can reinforce democratic systems in and throughout Europe.
Social Platform strives for a society based on social justice, where dignity, wellbeing, respect for every person and their human rights are at the centre of all decisions and actions.
Our vision of a social Europe is based on a sustainable socioeconomic system, where no one is left behind.
How we work – our mission:
For our vision to come true we need:
- A transformed sustainable socioeconomic system that promotes social justice, including a just distribution of wealth, respect for human rights and dignity of all.
- A clear recognition that the values enshrined in Article 2 of the Treaty*** must be central to the European project.
- A reinforced democratic system where representative democracy is underpinned by social and civil dialogue.
The mission of Social Platform is to contribute to building a sustainable socioeconomic system that tackles inequalities, includes all members of society and respects human rights.
* We define the term Civil Society Organisation based on the definition used by the UN Global Compact: “Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are non-governmental and non-for-profit entities that seek to bring about positive social and environmental change. These include advocacy groups as well as organisations operating in the field level. CSOs can be ‘multi-national’ and international in nature, or small grass-roots groups” (United Nations Global Compact, Civil Society, 27 November 2014).
** “The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail.”
*** We define the term Social Justice based on the following meaning used in the Declaration of Philadelphia proclaimed on 10 May 1944:
(a) all human beings, irrespective of race, creed or sex, have the right to pursue both their material well-being and their spiritual development in conditions of freedom and dignity, of economic security and equal opportunity;
(b) the attainment of the conditions in which this shall be possible must constitute the central aim of national and international policy;
(c) all national and international policies and measures, in particular those of an economic and financial character, should be judged in this light and accepted only in so far as they may be held to promote and not to hinder the achievement of this fundamental objective”.