Mont-Blanc Meeting association
- Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
- Stakeholder type: Major Group
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Extract from the orientation document of the fifth edition of the Mont Blanc Meetings
The International Forum for Social Economy, known as the Mont Blanc Meetings developed an orientation document, the final version of which will be sent to all the Heads of State taking part in the Rio 2012 summit on sustainable development. Then it will be distributed internationally so as to contribute to the positioning of the Social Economy as a major, vital player in the changes underway in globalisation.
The purpose of the various families of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) go well beyond the economic field. Since its origins, it has strived for a fairer, more democratic, more ecological society with more solidarity.
It cannot be separated from its economic purpose (associating for entrepreneurship), from its social purpose (justice and democracy), and the- refore it is not possible to reduce its role, its weight and its contribution to economic indicators of wealth alone, to the number of companies it has created and to the number of jobs created (more than 10 % of world GDP). In short, its economic weight is far from sufficing to define it. The SSE is a stakeholder in the construction of a credible alternative to the dominant economy, on the condition that there is not an underestimation of its social and ecological role and the impact of its project, its ethic, its governance, its achie- vements and its influence on other players in the economic world (public enterprises or enterprises in the market sector).
Without changing the dominant economic model, it can contribute to going beyond it and influence the economy as a whole by showing through its practices, values and policies, its ability to handle the challenges of sustainable development, i.e. economically viable, socially equitable and ecologically sustainable development.
However, it must invest the field of political represen- tation, by federating it solidly on both the national and the international fronts. To do this, our organisation proposes contributions which are addressed to public authorities and international institutions, contributions which are inspired by the best practices of the international experience of the SSE around five projects translating in operational terms ways of getting out of the crisis:
? democratising the economy and regulating finance;
? promoting shared governance;
? providing new social choices;
? etter feeding the planet and redeploying the
? hanging the direction of globalisation to make
c it more human.
Finally, we conclude on the common theme of these proposals: create movement with a federative political action in alliance with other organisations and institutions.
First project: democratising the economy and encouraging territorialisation
? We want to encourage, by all means necessary, the development of a vast non-capitalist sector of SSE enterprises operating democratically on the challenges of the global crisis that we are going through. We believe that an essential precondition of this development is the universal affirmation of the plurality of forms of entrepreneurship through the recognition in law of the statues of co-operatives, mutuals, associations and foundations.
? We are concentrating on developing quality employ- ment in the context of an economy serving well-being in a fair world.
? We support the taking or the taking back control of common goods (water, land, natural resources...) by com- munities and States, in particular through the development of co-operatives, mutuals and associations. And at the same time, therefore, forms of ownership both private and collec- tive, ensuring sustainability for enterprises and organisations (co-operatives, associations, mutuals) and access to goods and services (free seed, open software, etc...).
? We invite public authorities to support with greater force the biodiversity of the economy, collective entrepre- neurship and sustainable and solidarity territories develop- ment, through policies and legislation which are relevant. We need to strengthen, on the basis of common objectives, links between the SSE, the State and local authorities, by forging close local and national partnerships, using the local footholds that co-operatives, mutuals, associations and foundations have, to help young people access jobs or support the development of responses suited to new needs.
? We want to develop a finance system for the SSE, or favourable to it, to support the development of new collective enterprises (workers? funds, orientation of SSE investment towards the SSE thanks to social, environmental and governance criteria, public and international support programmes for collective enterprises starting up, SSE financing institutes...) and we share with others the principle of strong regulation of finance. We are inciting co-opera- tive and mutualist banks and alternative banks to provide local support to business, solidarity-based environmental initiatives in the SSE and create common tools to finance I
The Mont-Blanc Meetings Vth Edition 2011 continental and international SSE projects. We are also calling on Governments and major international banks to set up partnerships with them with this aim.
? We particularly draw the attention of Governments to the fact that their choices in strategic and/or sensitive areas are not reduced to a bipolar choice (privatisation v. nationalisation); the SSE is a third way.
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