"ECO-WISE - Social Enterprises as Sustainable Actors. Concepts, Performances, Impacts", edited by ICSEM researcher Maria Anastasiadis

ICSEM Austrian Partner Maria Anasiadis is the editor of a book entitled "ECO-WISE - Social Enterprises as Sustainable Actors. Concepts, Performances, Impacts", published in 2013 by EHV, Bremen.

The intention of this book is to deliver an overview of concepts, performances and impacts of ECO-WISE (ecologically oriented work-integration social enterprises) and other social enterprises that have environmental interests in addition to their socio-economic goals. Over the last few years, they have been discovered as a strategic reserve to strengthen the environmental, social and economic pillars of society. They are seen as examples of best practices that achieve the general objectives of the global sustainable development strategy. These organisations, however, have only been marginally investigated; their experience in balancing economic, social and environmental goals has largely remained unnoticed. A group of international experts from a variety of disciplines took up the challenge to contribute to this compilation, drawing on their own national and cultural experiences, as well as different theoretical and methodological paradigms to underline and discuss their contribution to sustainable development. This compilation of articles is not exhaustive. It should rather be understood as one of the first cohesive sets of articles that together illustrate the world of ECO-WISE and similar organisations, with the hope that this will trigger discourse that further reveals the experiences and potential of social enterprises as sustainable actors.

For more information, see the leaflet available for download ("Related documents", on the right).