Showing the cooperative and sustainable vision in the ILO Academy on the Social and Solidarity Economy

This year Brazil will be the laboratory for analysing the role of Social Economy in inclusion and sustainability. The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ITC-ILO) is for the fourth time organising the “ILO Academy on the Social and Solidarity Economy: towards inclusive and sustainable development”, in Campinas, Brazil, from 28 July to 1 August 2014.

16 July 2014

The main subject of the Academy this year is to understand the role and the contribution of Social and Solidarity Economy organisations in inclusion and sustainability, as well as the role they can play in the debate in the post-2015 Development Agenda. “We have seen liberal economic systems in the Americas experiencing significant difficulties. From a profit-oriented capitalist point of view, major companies are inflicting more and more harm on the environment, only producing for part of the population and using fewer workers in their factories. Therefore the process is increasingly becoming less inclusive and there is more competition among their employees”, Arildo Mota Lopes points out. He is the President of CICOPA Americas and Unisol, the “Central de cooperativas y emprendimientos solidarios” (Center of cooperatives and social enterprises in Brazil) that will take part in the event.

“The Governments that have adopted progressive policies in the Americas have made it possible for thousands of workers to move out of casual work and operate within a cooperative model in a formal and sustainable way. Nevertheless, the challenge is to build the capacity of governments and workers and to show them that formal work will give them access to rights that do not exist in the informal economy”, added Mora Lopes.

The ILO is organising this event hand-in-hand with UNISOL Brasil, CIRIEC, CESE, FACAMP, BNDES, SEBRAE, SENAES and Fecomercio-SP. “At this meeting we will show the advantages of a society with more and more cooperatives, where there is decent work, full access to produced goods and a society that thinks of its future development in a sustainable manner”, the President of UNISOL concludes.

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