Special Issue "The Contribution of the Social Economy to the Sustainable Development Goals"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Adoración Mozas Moral
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Guest Editor
Department of Business Organization, Marketing and Sociology, Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences, University of Jaén
Interests: sustainability; social economy; SDG; sustainable management and entrepreneurship
Dr. Enrique Bernal Jurado
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Guest Editor
Department of Economy, Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences, University of Jaén
Interests: sustainability; social economy; SDG; sustainable management and entrepreneurship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The contribution of Social Economy entities (both market and nonmarket) to the Sustainable Development Goals has not gone unnoticed by the United Nations or by other International Organizations, such as the International Cooperative Alliance, Social Economy Europe, The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) or CIRIEC International.

The United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy noted the importance of the Social and Solidarity Economy, indicating that it could play a key role in achieving the 2030 Agenda and the SDG by promoting inclusive and sustainable development through specific social, institutional, and technological innovations and practices. In addition, it pointed out the links between the Social and Solidarity Economy and the 17 SDGs that highlighted its potential as an “alternative development model” to address the structural bases on which exclusionary and unsustainable development is based. The Social Economy is not only able to act through its companies and entities, but the civil society that is involved in these companies and organizations can collaborate to achieve those objectives. An example would be the activity of thousands of volunteers in the thousands of associations spread throughout the world.

The objective of this Special Issue is to highlight the importance of the Social Economy in the 17 SDGs and in the 5 axes of their analysis, namely: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnerships.

This Special Issue presents different approaches in the analysis of the object of study. We call on all the works that address the analysis of the contribution of the Social Economy to the SDGs from the point of view of the economy, the organization of companies, marketing and market research, accounting and finance, as well as other related areas such as sociology and transversal areas such as digitalization or innovation.

This Special Issue focuses its attention on the following topics but is not limited to them:

  • Sustainability of the planet and social economy;
  • Role of cooperatives and social and solidarity economy in the ecological transition;
  • Circular economy and social economy;
  • Sustainable tourism and social economy;
  • Sustainable entrepreneurship, social innovation, and social economy;
  • Bioeconomy, green economy, and social economy;
  • Protection of people, human rights, social exclusion, and social economy;
  • Decent work, economic growth, and social economy;
  • Responsible production and consumption and social economy;
  • Prosperity, economic development, diversification, and social economy;
  • Digital revolution, digitalization, and collaborative economy through social economy;
  • Building solidarity ecosystems promoting the SDGs: Partnerships and Social Economy;
  • Public policies and Social Economy;

The analysis of the contribution of the Social Economy to the SDGs from specific sectors of activity.

Dr. Adoración Mozas Moral
Dr. Enrique Bernal Jurado
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Social economy
  • Cooperativism
  • SDG
  • Sustainability Circular Economy
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Diversification
  • Bioeconomy
  • Digitization
  • Innovation
  • Partnerships
  • Public politics
  • Protection of human rights
  • Implications for economic development
  • Indicators, sustainability, and social economy

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Fostering the Sustainable Development Goals from an Ecosystem Conducive to the SE: The Galician’s Case
Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 500; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020500 - 09 Jan 2020
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The special alignment of the principles and effects of the social economy (SE) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) renders this area especially suitable for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of these goals, favoring a paradigm shift towards a [...] Read more.
The special alignment of the principles and effects of the social economy (SE) with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) renders this area especially suitable for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of these goals, favoring a paradigm shift towards a new economic system that reconciles growth and sustainability. In this context, governments and institutions can moderate or accelerate this path, with the implementation of a series of policies to promote and drive the social economy. In Spain, responsibility for the design and implementation of such policies is transferred to sub-central governments, known as autonomous communities. Galicia is the first Spanish autonomous community to have its own Act on SE. This article explains the promotion strategy established in this region, which has resulted in an ecosystem favorable to the development and consolidation of the Galician SE, based on a combination of public policies with synergistic effects. The outcome of this ecosystem could have a significant impact on the achievement of several of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the promotion of equal opportunities (SDG 5), the promotion of decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and the reduction of inequalities (SDG 10). Full article
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Capturing the Invisible Wealth in Nonprofits to Overcome Myopic Perceptions
Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 48; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010048 - 19 Dec 2019
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Since nonprofits use third-party funds for their activities, they are often perceived as resource managers or spending units, instead of being considered as social wealth generating entities. The aim of this study is to help to overcome this myopic perception by showing how [...] Read more.
Since nonprofits use third-party funds for their activities, they are often perceived as resource managers or spending units, instead of being considered as social wealth generating entities. The aim of this study is to help to overcome this myopic perception by showing how the invisible wealth generated by these organizations can be made visible. We use the SROI methodology to do so, by identifying stakeholders, outcomes (tangible, intangible) and social impacts in a drug addiction treatment centre. The results show that social impact in monetary terms exceeds that of the inputs used, confirming the idea that addiction-based nonprofits are social wealth generating units. The conclusion drawn is that social impact measurement should be widely used as a management tool and a mechanism for reinforcing the social image of nonprofits. Full article
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