• How Social Enterprises contribute to Sustainable Food Systems in Europe?




    "How Social Enterprises contribute to Sustainable Food Systems in Europe?"



    Tuesday 30th of May - 2 pm / 5 pm


    Venue of the event: COPA-COGECA ROOM A

    61 Rue de Trèves – Brussels



    Food is essential to live. It is our energy to grow and develop, be healthy and active, to move, work, play, think and learn. There is an insane separation between what we eat and where it comes from.


    Accordingly to FAO, “a sustainable food system (SFS) is a food system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised”.


    In agreement with the input emerged during the European Commission High Level Conference Food 2030, our future food system should be more “sustainable, resilient, responsible, diverse and inclusive”.


    Sustainability requires participation and responsibility from all of us. We need to keep in touch with our land and our food, we need to think more local. The community can be the key for changing. The social economy, especially social enterprises can be the means to do this.


    FOODAs a social economy expert, DIESIS has conducted a research about the role of Social Enterprises as tool in the food system to creating, developing and diffusing ideas and solutions towards the sustainability. Through existing experiences we want to highlight the role of social economy like an innovative way of interacting in the production and consumption of food and an active and participatory commitment to their communities.




    DIESIS is organising this event that will be focused on main topics:


    1. What does it mean for a Social Enterprise taking account of Food?


    2. Presentation of the research results and some case studios.




     Find below all the documents about the event:









  • GET UP – Gender Equality Training to overcome Unfair discrimination Practices in education and labour market

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    GET UP – Gender Equality Training to overcome Unfair discrimination


    Practices in education and labour market


    At the end of January, GET UP was officially launched. The project, financed by the European Union, involves 8 partners and 8 countries in a 2-year path aiming to address the stereotyping of educational and career choices and to promote gender equality in education, training and career guidance




    GET UP is based on the recognition of Equality as one of the five values on which the European Union is founded. According to this belief, inequalities between women and men not only violate fundamental rights but also impose a heavy toll on the economy and cause an underutilisation of talent.
    Nowadays, gender roles continue to influence crucial individual decisions concerning different aspect such as education, career paths, working arrangements, family and, consequently, exercise an impact on the economy and society.
    Within this framework, the persistence of some relevant issues such as women’s low participation to the labour market, sectoral and vertical segregation, the lack of family-friendly policies and well-rooted gender stereotypes is still evident and is affecting individual’s participation to the development of the society.


    GET UP’s response to societal issues


    Against this background, the project GET UP sheds light on the role played by educational and career choices as well as by the people able to guide and support such transition phases, as means to tackle the identified issues. For this reason, GET UP concentrates its efforts on improving the competences of key actors active in that phase as well as on integrating skills and competences of HR managers and employers to promote and ensure gender equality at the workplace.


    What’s next?


    GET UP will occur through several steps. Starting from an analysis aiming to explore the legislative framework and training offers concerning gender equality in Europe and within the involved countries, the partners supported by experts will be able to provide definition of a “European Minimum Standard of Competences on Gender Equality” that professionals should achieve on the issues of gender equality, non-discrimination and promotion of equality in education and at the workplace.
    The comparison of the offer and the identification of a set of competences will serve as the base for defining a Gender Equality Training model as a useful tool to support professional development in the field.


    Where is GET UP now?


    Partners are currently conducting an online survey aiming to investigate the issue of gender-related bias in education and at the workplace in the European Union member states.

    To give your contribution by taking part to the survey, please, click HERE




  • BESPAT Final International Workshop - Brussels

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    Personal and household services have become one of the most important topic in the EC social Agenda.  This sector covers a broad range of activities that contribute to well-being at home of families and individuals: child care, long term care for the elderly and for persons with disabilities, cleaning, remedial classes, home repairs, gardening, ICT support, etc  
    DIESIS, for 20 years at the centre of Social Economy in Europe, is aware of its importance and will discuss this subject on the morning of the 21st of April (9-13) in Brussels (Venue: the European Economic and Social Committee, room JD60) in the context of the final workshop of the BESPAT project, with members of the Institutions and representatives of the most important European networks. BESPAT (Best European Policies, Analysis and Transference in PHS) is a PROGRESS project aiming at identifying and exchanging Good Practices all over Europe regarding the policies and actions in the sector of Personal and Household Services. The workshop will be also the occasion to present the outcomes of the project and present its results.


    Here you can find the draft agenda of the event.


    Due to the limited number of places and for security policy we kindly ask you to register to the event by sending a message to info@diesis.coop with your details (Name, Surname and Organisation).



  • EIforFM Open Seminar 14-04-16

    Facility management can be referred to the set of non-core activities devoted to the coordination of space, infrastructure, people and organization of an enterprise. This sector is subject to continuous innovation and development and is becoming a growing reality in the EU market.


    On the 14th of April afternoon (14:00-17:30) in Brussels (Venue: European Economic and Social Committee, room JD60), DIESIS and its EIforFM project partners will discuss employee involvement in the facility management sector and its potential for the setting up of a European Society (SE) or a European Cooperative Society (SCE). The event will be anticipated by a buffet lunch (13h).


    EIforFM (Employee Involvement in Facility Management Enterprises) project aim is to promote activities designed to explore and prepare the setting up of a European Society (SE) or a European Cooperative Society (SCE) in the service sector, and in particular with the involvement of companies active in the field of Facility Management. It ants also to make the point of the legislation on information and consultation of workers with a focus on the Facility Management sector.


    Due to the limited number of places and for security reasons you are requested to register to the event by sending a message to info@diesis.coop with your details (Name, Surname and Organisation).