In the development partnership (DP), new approaches and strategies are being tested which are intended to provide sustainable support for the development of the integration companies.
Since May 2002, seven integration companies and several expert projects have been cooperating in this DP with the aim of achieving lasting economic stabilization of the integration companies through deeper cooperation with regional companies in the general labor market. On the way to this goal, the diverse and regionally different experiences are to be reflected and analyzed in order to record those factors that promote such cooperation and can thus be transferred to other integration companies as a business management strategy.
Social enterprises (in close cooperation with other companies of the general labor market) can and should thus ultimately prove that business management strategy and social commitment do not contradict each other and that, on the basis of equal cooperation relationships, all participants can achieve lasting business management and social benefits. For other entrepreneurs, whether they run an integration company or a purely commercial enterprise, the experience gained in this project can and should provide stimulus and know-how to actively seek and shape cooperation for their part, in order to be able to make meaningful use of synergy effects on the market.
The development partnership operates at three levels:
1. Company projects:
develop and test new ways and concepts on the basis of concrete cooperation models with companies on the general labor market
2. Expert projects:
deal with the following topics:
- Identification of successful company concepts
- Development of a benchmark system for the qualitative development of social enterprises
- Guidelines for awarding public contracts to social enterprises
- Establishment of experience networks
- Provision of endowment capital
andProvision of venture capital
3. The development partnership as an innovation network; it ensures, on the basis of a binding work plan, that the joint resources are used sensibly and that the work is carried out in a target- and result-oriented manner.
The development partnership is supported by the non-profit association "pro concept e.V.
". All partners are members of the association. This concept ensures the co-determination of the participants. The integration offices in Cologne and Münster, located at the regional associations, as well as other strategic partners support the association and the project. The "Fachberatung für Arbeits- und Firmenprojekte (FAF) gGmbH
" in Cologne was commissioned with the overall coordination of the development partnership on a national and transnational level. An analysis and evaluation of the entire development process and the project results is ensured by an accompanying project evaluation.
The workshops of all operative partners, which take place regularly on specialized topics, ensure the exchange and cooperation. At conferences with the strategic partners, the transfer of experience and results to political decision-makers and public administration takes place in the sense of the required mainstreaming.