What is Social Solidarity Economy?

Today, perhaps as never before, more people are becoming aware that capitalism has turned our lives and our planet into a commodity. A system that is environmentally unsustainable and socially unjust, and that it is not able to guarantee the happiness and dignified life conditions of all persons in any place on the planet.

Social Solidarity Economy includes a wide range of practices that span economic, social, environmental, political, communitarian or holistic dimensions.


Success in the last webinar that Ripess and sister organisations propose on future opportunities and challenges for the Social Solidarity Economy. 

Almost 200 people came together on 23 February to listen and discuss the future challenges for the different actors of the Social and Solidarity Economy. Civil society, trade unions, small producers and entrepreneurs, cooperatives, ILO and other UN agencies, states, regional bodies and local authorities, following the General Conclusions of the International Labour Conference 2022 and the ILO action plan [...]

Ripess Intercontinental Secretariat team completely revamped

A new stage, a new dimension begins in the Secretariat with three people in the team focused on taking Ripess towards new horizons in tune with the current great momentum that the Social Solidarity Economy is experiencing internationally. It is the union of these three women that will bring the tireless work that Ripess has been doing for the past [...]

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International recognition at the UN of the SSE as the indispensable transformation towards the ODGs

2022 ended with an increase in the debate, interest and momentum of the social and solidarity economy as the alternative to the cause of the inequalities that the world is facing nowadays: extractivism, racism, poverty, famine, patriarchy, unemployment… Call it as you want, solidarity should be the value that guides this transformation. In a historic breakthrough, the International Labour Conference [...]

What is RIPESS?

RIPESS is a global network of continental networks committed to the promotion of Social Solidarity Economy. The member networks themselves (Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania) bring together national and sectorial networks, thus ensuring strong territorial anchoring.

The combined local and global scope gives RIPESS legitimacy to promote SSE, foster intercontinental cooperation, and advocate at different levels. RIPESS members believe in the importance of the globalisation of solidarity, and the ability to build and strengthen an economy that places people and planet at the centre of its activities.

CSA, cohousing,biocoops, recycling,, renewable energy cooperatives, food coop… What is it that allows these thousands of initiatives, this system of values that underpins the social and solidarity economy, to form a system? To create a movement? How can they be made more visible?

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