A successful social enterprise in Hungary
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Department of Labour Market and Employment Policy, University of Miskolc, Hungary
Department of Business Economics, University of Miskolc, Hungary
Submission date: 2022-05-11
Final revision date: 2022-05-29
Acceptance date: 2022-05-30
Online publication date: 2022-06-30
Publication date: 2022-06-30
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Katalin Lipták   

Department of Labour Market and Employment Policy, University of Miskolc, Egyetemvaros, 3515, Miskolc, Hungary
Economic and Regional Studies 2022;15(2):220–236
Subject and purpose of work: The aim of the study is to describe the development of the social economy sector, the emergence of social enterprises and the rationale for their establishment. Materials and methods: We interviewed Szimbiózis Foundation, a social enterprise that has been thriving in the Northern Hungary region for decades as one of the building blocks of the social economy. Results: The Szimbiózis Foundation has been operating as a social enterprise for 15 years and has consciously become a social enterprise. A fundamental problem for people with disabilities is that they do not have marketable occupations and their educational attainment is mostly low. The Foundation improved the ratio of skilled employees with a disability. Conclusions: The identified outputs have a number of measurable effects, such as reduction in the local unemployment, cost savings to society, improved quality of life for people with disabilities.
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