Berlin (csr-service) – Cross sector cooperations of business-, civil society and government increasingly proof to be promising pathways towards innovative solutions to solve social challenges and to shape sustainable communities. As a breeding ground to spread shared responsibility Social Marketplaces provide an easy to step in speed dating format to locally initiate cooperations of business and community organisations from scratch.
At www.social-marketplace-international.org, the German Corporate Citizenship and CSR network UPJ just launched a new website providing useful information, background material and practical guidance for free use by those considering or planning to run a Social Marketplace.
The website content is based on insights gained from more than 250 Marketplaces in more than 90 cities in Germany so far, and more than 500 Marketplaces in the Netherlands over the past 10 years. The website offers a list of Social Marketplaces worldwide, a Toolkit, information and material in English and some material also in in other languages.
The Social Marketplace has been developed in the Netherlands by MOVISIE, KPMG, Fortis Foundation, a number of community organisations and Corporate Citizenship experts. The Bertelsmann Foundation, together with KPMG and RWE, transferred the format to Germany and asked UPJ to provide services to help to further spread Social Marketplaces in Germany.