Code of Conduct for the social economy

How do we as a society use data for social objectives? And what are the conditions that are important in doing so? These questions are related to the reasons for collecting, managing, storing and sharing data. Reasons such as taking sustainability measures, conducting research to improve health care, making it easier to protect cultural heritage or ensuring that sufficient food is available to the population in the long term.

The European social economy encompasses a wide range of businesses and initiatives. Data-centric social enterprises, such as health data cooperatives, platform unions or non-profit organizations, are realizing that access to and reuse of data offers new opportunities. These organizations rely on data as an integral part of their operations. Which data can be useful, how to exchange and reuse it, and how to establish partnerships with other organizations around data is currently insufficiently defined. Within both data-centric organizations and more traditional social domain enterprises, there is a need to build on the use, collection and storage of data within the ecosystem.

Working closely with the European Commission (Directorate General GROW), Waag Futurelab and the Commons Network are joining forces to develop a Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct establishes a set of principles for how data should be managed and used for the benefit of the social economy, building on the existing EU regulatory framework and the values underlying the social economy. 
In addition to the principles, the Code of Conduct will also consist of guidance documents, templates and good practice examples so that parties within the domain can get started in practice. At the end of the year, there will be an online event where the results will be presented and we will reflect on the relevance for the social economy with a panel. Keep an eye on this project page for more information about this event and the steps in developing this Code of Conduct.

Project duration

1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024