IXEIA Sociedad Cooperativa has been the winning company for the 2022 Social Entrepreneurship Award, while AFDA has won the 2022 Social Enterprise Award at the 5th edition of these awards, organized by the Department of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Government of Aragon , through the Instituto Aragons de Fomento (IAF), and in which four finalists have competed in each of the categories.
The non-profit social initiative cooperative IXEIA is dedicated to intervention in the family and community environment through the development of specialized programs with the pastry chef and baker. It provides socio-labour and occupational training in these trades to people at risk of social exclusion, promoting innovation, collaborative work and entrepreneurship.
For its part, AFDA is an association made up of 1,800 people and a technical and health team with 30 health and social professionals committed to the well-being of citizens, specialized, interdisciplinary and community treatment for anxiety, stress and depression.
The Vice President and Minister of Industry, Arturo Aliaga, has been in charge of delivering the Award to Social Enterprises and has congratulated the winners and the finalists. He has highlighted the work being done from the Department that he heads, as well as from the IAF, in terms of awareness.
He recalled that Aragón is the first autonomous community to implement, in 2002, models of social responsibility in companies.
Aliaga pointed out that these awards highlight the work of the social economy and social companies, which accumulate more than 20,000 jobs. “We are talking about companies that really attend to or solve the most difficult problems, those that are not always reflected in the balance sheet or the income statement, such as attention to people.”
On the other hand, he explained that it is important that there are not “two speeds”, that of the “excellent companies” that export and innovate, with others that are “key to job creation” in the autonomous community.
“We cannot forget that the latter are micropiles that support inclusion and social cohesion,” stressed the vice president of the regional government.
A team of experts has evaluated the aspects of technical and economic feasibility and the level of social impact. Afterwards, the Technical Evaluation Committee, made up of the organizing entities and specialists from the social field, has determined the finalist and winning candidates.
The objective of these awards, which also have the collaboration of Laboral Kutxa, is to identify and recognize entrepreneurial initiatives of a social nature, recently created or consolidated, that are committed to achieving transformative social and environmental change through the application of beneficial practical approaches. for society.
They have also competed for this award Christopher Appa handy tool for long-distance drivers, such as truck drivers, that helps with self-management of health with exercises to prevent lumbar and cervical pain, dietary advice, recommendations to improve sleep and psychological care.
Maximiliana recently created company whose service consists of an intelligent mobile aimed at the elderly or people with difficulties in handling technology, which includes various features that allow it to work autonomously, that is, it picks up and turns off on its own or receives messages read aloud.
School Orchestra is a group that promotes musical community projects, through orchestras as a fundamental axis, mobilizing resources so that music becomes a reality accessible to all social strata.
Social enterprise finalists
They have also opted for recognition feltwood, a company created in 2016 in response to the environmental and social need to replace plastic with more sustainable alternative materials. It is responsible for the development of technologies that allow the production of industrial materials from plant residues, from the agri-food industry, and which replace plastic in multiple applications.
IENER carries out its activity in the field of energy services and that makes available to users high-tech installations that are sustainable for the environment, reliable, safe, and quickly amortized with low operating costs.
The Lacus Foundationas an entity that promotes positive attitudes in the educational community, in society in general and strengthens values that allow the real integration of people with disabilities and with specific needs in equal opportunities and thus achieve full inclusion.