The Espriu Foundation institutions are featured in the report «Sectors of the New Economy 20+20: Social Economy»


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The Espriu Foundation institutions are featured in the report «Sectors of the New Economy 20+20: Social Economy»

The Espriu Foundation and the business model represented by the institutions it comprises feature as a subject of study in the report «Sectors of the new economy 20+20», recently published by the Escuela de Organización Industrial (EOI) and carried out by a team of researchers from CIRIEC-Spain.

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The Espriu Foundation, together with other Social Economy cooperatives and institutions, features in the report as a successful business experience, representing values such as sustainability, creativity, transparency, participation, responsibility and commitment.

The selected business case studies are all from the Social Economy market subsector. They were chosen by the Spanish Business Confederation of Social Economy (CEPES), based on business location and market sector criteria from among innovative and successful companies that stand out for their organisational capacity, their market implementation, their social approach and their efficient management of processes and products.

The report stresses that «the Espriu Foundation can teach us how cooperative values can be extended beyond the collective itself. The institutions of the Espriu Foundation were initially promoted by doctors; however, these are only 50% of the project, given that health service users have also been taken into account. The Espriu Foundation has always taken into consideration that health services are a basic right, and that society needs the health system to provide quality services. In addition, it should be the doctors themselves who really provide these services in a pleasant, dignified and satisfactory manner. It is a win-win scenario, where both sides win.»

One of the conclusions of the report, as regards the Espriu Foundation, is that the key to success lies in the collaboration between the providers of a service and its recipients, favouring the creation of sustainable social value. The report argues that «the pooling of needs and preferences of providers and clients, grouped around an organisation with strong cooperative values, can create full value in the long term, exceeding the financial benefits that would be obtained with a general commercial model.»

The Report concludes with a series of «transversal lessons», based on the common characteristics of the bodies analysed. One of the most noteworthy lessons is that Social Economy companies differ clearly in their map of values from ordinary companies controlled by capital; they are focused on long-term feasibility, based on satisfying the needs of their clients; they generate a high number of jobs; they are committed to quality in production processes, as a guarantee of sustainability; they are linked to their territory, rather than other more impersonal concepts and have a high rate of networked collaborative work.

The final conclusion of the report is that social economy and sustainable business feasibility come naturally when social values, entrepreneurial people, flexible organisations and work well done are all brought together.

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