Social Entrepreneurship Job Creation Project

Creation [Photo by Shermeee] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

An OECD social entrepreneurship job creation research project, called the LEED project, puts a spotlight on the ability of social entrepreneurship and the social economy to address complex, multi-faceted issues which have a negative impact on social cohesion.

This ability has been acknowledged internationally and it contributes to the role of social entrepreneurs as agents of sustainable local development and local social capital builders. The LEED 2011-2012 project will provide national and local policy makers with an assessment of the factors which contribute to the creation of jobs by social economy organizations and social enterprises in selected sectors and countries.

In particular, it will focus on the way in which social economy organizations and social enterprises create and sustain quality employment for individuals who face difficulty entering the open labor market, including younger and older workers, women and other vulnerable groups.