• “ESEM will become the “go to place” for taking the pulse of a vibrant and increasing community of social enterprises in Europe.”

    Professor Johanna Mair Hertie School of Governance, Co-Director Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, ESEM Board Member
  • “ESEM will be a powerful tool for monitoring the progress of SE ecosystem development on national and European level; at the same time a desperately needed database of relevant information on SE operations and SE ecosystems, not only for policy makers and researchers, but for SE support organisations (SESO), SEs themselves, academy, funders and other stakeholders as well. ACT Group, one of the most active Croatian SESOs, as partner on the ESEM project, joined the consortium to enhance the development of Croatian SEs, to bring the Western Balkan SE ecosystem on the EU agenda and to co-create more enabling SE ecosystems on European level.”

    Teo Petricevic Director, ACT Grupa
  • “In a Danish context a report with detailed data on the status and impact of social enterprises has never been produced. We think that it is very important for social enterprises and the social economy sector as a whole to be able to present this kind of documentation. It is important, both in Denmark and the rest of Europe, to be able to inform decision makers and to raise the awareness of the general public of the positive impact that this sector has on society. That is why we are very happy to be part of the ESEM project.”

    Per Bach Managing Director, Sociale Entreprenører i Danmark (SED)
  • “ESEM is important to gain a better understanding of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Europe. We need better data to be able to be able to explain to policymakers and others what the needs of social enterprises are. More comprehensive data will enable us to conduct research on the sector to better understand issues such as the barriers social enterprises face in terms of innovation, growth, financing and impact. ESEM will help social enterprises move closer to reaching the United Nations SDGs because we will strive to raise awareness and increase the visibility of the important work of social enterprises, attracting more resources and talent to the sector, and ultimately enabling social enterprises to have a greater impact on society!”

    Lisa Hehenberger Professor and Director, ESADE Centre for Social Impact
  • “Policymakers need data to make good decisions. The ESEM gives them deep insights into the important work of Social Entrepreneurs in Europe.”

    Michael Wunsch Head of Strategic Project Development, Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland (SEND)
  • “The European Commission is proud to support this year’s European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM), the second edition covering the period 2021- 2022. This report builds on the seminal work of the first ESEM 2020-2021 and has impressively scaled from eight to 21 countries in just one year across the EU and the wider European neighbourhood. It provides key data and insights for policy-makers, investors, support organisations, academia and social entrepreneurs themselves.”

    Nicolas Schmit European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • “The European Social Enterprise Monitor, which Google.org is pleased to support, is a critically important instrument that … provides key data for policy makers, support organisations and funders…”

    Rowan Barnett Director of Google.org EMEA
  • “The European Social Enterprise Monitor has been a key tool for us in understanding the challenges and how we can best be helpful in creating solutions to address them. This is what laid the foundations for for Google.org’s EUR 20 million Social Innovation Fund, which is supporting leading social enterprise support organisations across Europe to create and scale programmes that provide underserved social entrepreneurs with access to networks, skills, tools and capital.”

    Rowan Barnett Director of Google.org EMEA
  • “We need to work together to create an environment in which social entrepreneurs and innovators can thrive…[t]he European Social Enterprise Monitor and the work of Euclid Network is a critical component in helping to facilitate and inform this.”

    Rowan Barnett Director of Google.org EMEA
  • “...resources like the European Social Enterprise Monitor provide vital support to unite and inform all stakeholders across the social enterprise community. Together, we can continue unlocking the power of the social economy and its value-driven business models.”

    Alexandra van der Ploeg Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP
  • “The second European Social Enterprise Monitor 2022 (ESEM) … provides deep insights into the ecosystem of social enterprises across Europe and demonstrates the development opportunities of the sector and its impact potential.”

    Dr. Stefan Empter Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • “...through European comparison and action-relevant conclusions, the ESEM 2022 meets its mission to “close the gap between social enterprises and EU decision-makers.” This remains a much-needed task to ensure that policy makers recognize social entrepreneurs as a part of the solution and remove the political and legal hurdles in building up a thriving ecosystem of social entrepreneurs.”

    Dr. Stefan Empter Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • “The ESEM can provide role models and impulses for social enterprises and for policy makers at national and European level, thus giving them the opportunity to learn from each other in the best sense of the word.”

    Dr. Stefan Empter Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • “The input of social entrepreneurs is essential for policymakers to better understand which policies and support instruments have been effective and which should be adapted. That is why we are very pleased to see that the ESEM monitor includes more and more countries, including The Netherlands.”

    Wim Kulik Head of Economic Affairs, Municipality of The Hague
  • “The ESEM is crucial for so-called ‘evidence-based policymaking.’ For leading European impact ecosystems like ImpactCity, this provides us with decisive information to further develop our local and European ecosystem.”

    Wim Kulik Head of Economic Affairs, Municipality of The Hague
  • “To understand and emulate the work and impact of social enterprises and to uncover what they need to thrive to build a more social economy, data is essential. It is through research initiatives such as the European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM) that such insights can be uncovered and inform policy action, ecosystem development and further investment.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “...the ESEM report for 2021-2022 … is not only an important milestone of an ambitious initiative, but it also represents a growing repository of European social enterprise data to provide evidence of the scope, scale and importance of the sector that must continue.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “The information provided by the ESEM is not only crucial for efforts to develop and support the European and national social enterprise ecosystems further, it also provides invaluable insights that mainstream businesses can use to champion their own sustainability agendas and to deepen their engagement with social entrepreneurs as mutually reinforcing partners towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “The ESEM offers a much-needed evidence base in support of policy formulation and implementation as well as ecosystem design. It also provides a solid baseline for tracking their effectiveness over time, and a model for other countries who are moving to invest in growing the social economy in their regions.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “ESEM gives an overview of the needs and the data on social enterprises themselves which are solving the UN SDGs in Europe and beyond. Overview on an European level gives the chance to better create and adapt policies and choose targets areas which can benefit the most European national social economies possible. As a result social enterprises can improve their competences and the impact they are delivering will increase.”

    Helen Mikkov CEO, Estonian Social Enterprise Network
  • “Social entrepreneurs are important drivers of innovation for social progress. By capturing their insights on challenges, opportunities and impact enablers we can let the ESEM data help policy makers to decisions that strengthens the growth of the social economy. The transnational collaboration that enables us to compare data between partaking European countries is also very valuable, offering Sweden guidance on where to look for inspiration, exchange and best-practices.”

    Lina Palmer Impact Lead, Forum for Social Innovation Sweden
  • “The European Commission is proud to have supported the first inaugural European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM). It serves as a testament to the extent social enterprises already contribute to the European community and how much potential they still have to offer.”

    Nicolas Schmit European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • “Whilst we undergo the green and digital transitions and seek to rebuild a more inclusive Europe in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the insights of this monitor and the benefits of social enterprise must be front and centre of policy agendas.”

    Nicolas Schmit European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • “...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. Only with data can best practices and problem areas be identified, shared and addressed, to enable the expansion of the social economy.”

    Nicolas Schmit European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • “The ESEM provides additional data necessary for policy makers to devise systems which support individuals to become social entrepreneurs and innovators, allowing them to start-up and scale-up their ideas, delivering social and environmental benefits as well as economic returns.”

    Nicolas Schmit European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • “Social enterprises illustrate that an economic model that puts people and the planet at its centre is not only possible, it is a necessity. The ESEM illustrates that social enterprises across Europe take many forms and deliver social and environmental impact in a multitude of ways.”

    Nicolas Schmit European Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights
  • The first European Social Enterprise Monitor 2021 (ESEM), presented by Euclid Network in close cooperation with its members and partners, aims to fill the current gap on social enterprise data to inform decision-makers in government, civil society, and the economy. The ESEM allows for profound insights on the social enterprise ecosystem across Europe and highlights the opportunities for development of the sector and its impact.”

    Dr. Stefan Empter Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • “The ESEM mission of “Closing the gap between social enterprises and EU decision-makers” is a much needed task to make sure that the policy makers see social entrepreneurs as a part of the solution and remove the political and legal hurdles in building up a thriving ecosystem of social entrepreneurs.”

    Dr. Stefan Empter Senior Advisor, Bertelsmann Stiftung
  • “We are honored to partner alongside the European Social Enterprise Monitor to help identify opportunities for collaboration to strengthen the sector. Only together will we be able to solve the world’s most complex problems and ultimately reshape the way that we build back better.”

    Alexandra van der Ploeg Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, SAP
  • “The European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM) is a much- needed tool in ensuring we generate these insights and offers an unprecedented opportunity for social entrepreneurs to take a seat at the decision-making table and to build momentum for change within the European community. Because of ESEM, evidence- and practice-based policies and legislation in support of a social economy as well as effective support mechanisms for social entrepreneurs are now closer in sight.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “We must ‘build back better’ and ESEM will support us in this ambition. Social enterprises and entrepreneurs have long suffered from a lack of visibility, understanding, support and funding. Together with ESEM and its partners, we are highly committed to making this a challenge of the past.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “With the World Economic Forum’s COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, we are a proud supporter of ESEM and grateful for the ground-breaking work that has been done by all those involved.”

    Carolien de Bruin Senior Advisor, Global Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship, World Economic Forum & Dr. François Bonnici, Director, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and Head of Social Innovation, World Economic Forum
  • “The ESEM 2021-2022 report is the result of European research on social entrepreneurship in 21 countries. There appears to be a great need for this report because there is still little data available on social enterprises.”

    ImpactCity
  • ‘The European Commission is proud to support this year’s European Social Enterprise Monitor (ESEM)...It provides key data and insights for policy-makers, investors, support organisations, academia and social entrepreneurs themselves…With the data provided by the ESEM, policy-makers at all levels of governance will be able to gain a deeper understanding of the ecosystems they operate in and of the impact their policy decisions have…By working across policy areas, the data generated through the ESEM can and will have a real significant positive impact on the social entrepreneurs and social innovators that will design the future we want to see and that the next generations deserve’.

    Nicolas Schmit EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights

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