In Barcelona, over 4,700 socio-economic activities are based on the values of cooperation, equality and self-management. They are the expression of Barcelona's Social and Solidarity Economy and, at the same time, are an economic practice and social movement.
These socio-economic initiatives cover a large part of life and represent 2.8% of the total number of companies in the city (167,000 companies). And although the relative weight of this area is small, its impact is proportionately greater. On the one hand, because it generates approximately 8% of all employment in Barcelona, with over 53,000 full-time employees, and on the other, because this socio-economic activity as a whole produces an economic turnover of €3,750 million, over 7% of the city's GDP. This data shows that Social and Solidarity Economy organisations have become a guarantee of resilience in times of crisis.
But if, instead of using the most common economic indicators, we propose new ones, such as the extent of work and salary equality among genders and in the territory, the reduced environmental impact of economic activity and the value of its contribution to public utilities, we can get a better idea of the importance of the contribution made to people's well-being by these economic activities.