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Benefit Corporation seminar – the new B Corp legislation and “doing business” in Italy today – Ferbruary 2016

Italian specialist law firm R&P Legal contributes to Benefit Corporation seminar, alongside B Lab representatives and government ministers.

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Draft Law on B Corps proposed in Argentina

In Latin America, the B Corp movement is expanding rapidly. With over 100 certified B Corps, Sistema B (B Lab South America) is gathering momentum.

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ESELA invited to present at OECD/European Commission social economy seminar – February 2016

ESELA was invited to present at a capacity building seminar led by the OECD and the European Commission on 18 February in Brussels.

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European Social Enterprise Statute Proposed

Professor Antonio Fici has written a new study which proposes ‘A European Statute for Social and Solidarity-Based Enterprise'.

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French Government introduces a bill to fund employment contracts for social enterprises – February 2016

A bill which proposes to provide funding to pay for full-time employment contracts for French social enterprises is being debated in the Senate.

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French Social Impact Bonds (contrat à impact social)

On 16 March 2016, the French government submitted its first request for proposals for social impact bonds projects (contrat à impact social).

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Future of Social Purpose Company in Belgium

Belgium is rethinking its Company Code as well as the law on non-profit organisations. The Belgian Centre on Company Law is proposing to abolish the

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Italy introduces landmark new law on B Corps – February 2016

Italy has become the first country outside the USA to approve the introduction of a new law allowing companies to register as B Corps.

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Meet the ESELA Team – Luke Fletcher

Luke Fletcher, Chair of ESELA and partner at UK law firm Bates Wells Braithwaite talks social enterprise.

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Meet the ESELA Team – Marleen Denef

Marleen Denef is a board member of ESELA and a partner at Curia.

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Meet the ESELA Team – Roberto Randazzo

Roberto Randazzo is a board member of ESELA and a partner at R&P Legal.

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New European B Lawyers Group

We are pleased to announce that ESELA and B Lab Europe are forming a European B Lawyers Group.

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New Social Commissioning Group established

ESELA will be establishing a new Social Commissioning Group.

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New social enterprise law comes into effect in France – February 2016

As of 1 January 2016, a new law in France means that all legal forms are able to apply to receive the ESS Enterprise status.

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New statutory social investment power to be introduced in the UK – February 2016

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill will give charities and social enterprises a statutory social investment power.

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New Working Group on Social Enterprise Policy

A new ESELA Working Group is being formed with the specific task of reviewing and providing input to national and European bodies.

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Social Commissioning Group

The new Social Commissioning Group which will look at the relationship between the state and social enterprise under European public law.

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Social Finance seminar – the influence of the UK model on social finance in Finland – February 2016

Castrén & Snellman, ESELA's specialist law firm in Finland, host a social finance breakfast seminar in collaboration with Uusia Network Oy.

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Where next for Social Business?

Jonathan Bland, Managing Director of Social Business International, writes his opinions on what is next for social business.

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