Founding partners

In Quebec

Le Chantier de l’économie sociale

it promotes collective entrepreneurship as an integral part of Québec’s plural economy. Ihanks to its international activity, le Chantier has developed a network of more than 4,000 contacts.


Territoires innovants en économie sociale et solidaire (TIESS) 

The TIESS brings together actors from the SSE, territorial development, research and education fields. Its mission is to identify, analyse and systematize innovations of SSE organizations in order to facilitate their diffusion and appropriation.


Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, Concordia University

KPI contributes to urgent policy debates on alternative and innovative development strategies, both locally and internationally.


City of Montreal

Creativity is the economic, social and cultural driving force of the City of Montreal. It favors an increasing number of innovative social economy initiatives. In 2016, the City co-hosted the Global Social Economy Forum.


Seoul Metropolitan Government

The social economy is one of the major axes of Seoul’s territorial development. Since 2012, the city helped to develop a sustainable ecosystem and the number of SSE enterprises has increased from 340 to over 2,800.

ul Social Economy Center

The Seoul Social economy Center is the frontline agency for the social economy in the city. It offers shared offices, meeting spaces as well as a training center.

Karl Polanyi Institute Asia

KPIA aims to increase the influence of Karl Polanyi and generate dialogue and research projects on the social economy in Korea and Asia.

Seoul Social Economy Network

the Seoul Social economy Network aims to integrate the SSE throughout Korea through networking and public policy development. It played a key role in building public-private governance in Seoul.


City of Barcelona

The City of Barcelona deems the SSE a pillar for the construction of a new economic model. Its plan to support the social economy aims to bring back equality of territories in the city.


Basque country

City of Bilbao 

SSE and innovation are two priorities for Bilbao, which develops policies to build a more inclusive city. The city will host the next Global Social Economy Forum in 2018.


City of Mondragón 

The history of Mondragón is intimately linked to the development of the Mondragon cooperative group, the 7th largest industrial company in Spain and the largest employer in the Basque country. The city is an international reference for the cooperative movement.


LKS group

LKS is one of the main references in the Spanish professional services sector. It is part of the Consulting and Engineering Division of MONDRAGON, consisting of 239 companies, more than 75,000 people and 15 technology centers.



The GSEF Association (Global Social Economy Forum)

In 2014, the Global Social Economy Forum (GSEF) was founded in Seoul. This international organization brings together local governments, civil society networks, international organizations and research institutes committed to promoting the international development of the  social economy. One of the missions of the GSEF is to facilitate the dissemination of information and good practices on the social economy, including at international meetings. GSEF2013 and GSEF2014 held in Seoul gathered more than 1,000 people at each of the events. In Montreal, GSEF2016 brought together nearly 1,500 participants from 330 cities and 62 countries.

Associated partners

The resource website for the social and solidarity economy. The website provides access to more than 6000 documents, publications, videos and websites. Socioeco aims to train the spotlight on the plurality of SSE approaches throughout the world and to demonstrate the SSE’s potential to change our development practices.


A network of continental networks that connects social solidarity economy networks throughout the world. The continental networks (RIPESS-LAC, RIPESS-EU, RIPESS-NA, RAESS and ASEC) in turn bring together national and sectoral networks. RIPESS believes in the importance of global solidarity in order to build and strengthen an economy that puts people and planet front and center. RIPESS organizes global forums every four years and is a nexus for learning, information sharing and international collaboration.

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy (UNTFSSE)

Brings together UN agencies and other inter-governmental organizations, as well as umbrella associations of SSE networks as members and observers. It was established to raise the visibility of the SSE in international knowledge and policy circles.  The Task Force activities include organizing events at UN and other international conferences, dialoguing with policy makers, preparing and disseminating publications, and engaging in collaborative projects involving TFSSE members and observers.

Financial partners

Réseau d’investissement social du Québec

The Québec Social Investment Network (RISQ) is a non-profit venture capital fund dedicated to social economy enterprises. Its mission is to provide access to financing that is adapted to their reality. It aims to support the growth of collective enterprises in their launching, expansion or consolidation phases in all regions of Québec. In 2016, C.I.T.I.E.S. received a pre-launching loan from RISQ for the starting up its activity.

Montréal International

Montréal International (MI)’s mission is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and strategic talents to the metropolitan region. Since its inception, MI has contributed to the attraction of $10.6 billion in foreign direct investment, which has resulted in the creation or maintenance of nearly 52,000 jobs. MI has also contributed to the establishment of nearly half of the 60 or so international organizations in the metropolis area and to the arrival and retention of more than 9,000 international strategic workers. In 2016, MI supported the installation of C.I.T.I.E.S. In Montreal through the FODIM.