Are social joint ventures a good idea?

“Alliances between large companies and the SSE are possible in all sectors”

Thibaut Guilluy, High Commissioner for Business Inclusion and Engagement

“Social joint ventures allow large companies to embark on inclusion objectives. Companies in the social and solidarity economy bring them this culture of integration that they discover for the most part.

For their part, social enterprises need a stable economic model, which enables them to advance their social missions. It is true that it can resemble the marriage of carp and rabbit. The social world continues to be wary of the practices of large companies, which are concerned about whether the former will be effective.

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I chose to develop JVS within Ares, because it is a way to have a stronger social impact. Through these new businesses, we allow more people to find a place in society. The alliance with private companies makes it possible to change scale and offer more work stations.

The High Commissioner for Inclusion has launched several initiatives to develop these alliances, which still require education for both. I am thinking, for example, of the “France a chance” initiative, which brings together companies that have decided to make a concrete commitment to the fight against exclusion. Already 6,000 companies have implemented actions promoting inclusion.

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The alliance between associations and businesses was also illustrated by the Resilience program during the Covid-19 crisis. Locally, SSE actors have made masks and created more than 2,000 jobs. Today, we want to perpetuate these sectors with textile manufacturers. “

“Results not convincing at the moment”

Jean-Louis Laville, professor at CNAM

“It is good that there are innovative experiences such as social joint ventures (JVS), but they should not put other initiatives in the background, on the pretext that large companies are participating. For the CAC 40, these alliances are above all a means of saying that capitalism with a social goal can happen, which remains to be proven. In my opinion, the results of social joint ventures are not very convincing at the moment.

Alliances between private businesses and the social and solidarity economy are more interesting when local businesses are involved in improving living well in a territory, as in the territorial poles of economic cooperation (TCEP). I am thinking in particular of Clus’Ter Jura, which creates synergies between all economic players at a local level. Or at the pole of Villeneuve-la-Garenne (Hauts-de-Seine). This association offers digital training to young people in neighborhoods, as part of integration projects.

She asks local artisans if they can entrust the creation of their website to the students of these web schools. The responses are generally positive. This creates a favorable ecosystem in which everyone wins.

The JVS depoliticize the citizen initiatives that are at the start the structures of the social and solidarity economy. They are only interested in the economic dimension, while the SSE also seeks to influence social practices. With the fall in public aid, the diversification of resources is essential to the SSE, but the solidarity economy must remain in control of its political project. “


Phase 2: return to school in Valle d’Aosta, also from May – Valle d’Aosta

At the exam of the Executive. Councilor, particular region conditions

The Valle d’Aosta regional council is examining a “return plan” to schools which does not exclude the return to class in May and throughout June, but which also looks to September. The councilor for education Chantal Certan reiterated that “the social aspect and the role of the school must be taken into account for the families who have to leave”. “I don’t know the situations of schools in other regions – he added – but in Valle d’Aosta 80% of the classes (or 820 out of over 1,100) have less than 20 pupils, there are mountain schools with a teacher-pupil ratio from one to three to one to five. The conditions are particular, therefore it is possible to plan to return with reduced hours and numbers. In this regard, a first draft of the Return Plan, with a health protocol, is under examination by the Government regional”.
“We believe that doing this type of work – said the President of the Region, Renzo Testolin – can be positive in order not to find ourselves late, even if the opening will be in September. A process of discussion and sharing with the school leaders and with local authorities “.