Social Market Economy in Twitterstyle. The principles of the social market economy in 140 characters? The participants of the follow-up workshop on the topic “Social Market Economy” tweeted in Berlin. What principles must an economic system have today? How can the content be communicated to young people? Just watch the video, learn and have fun.


YEBE (Youth  for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics) is an Erasmus+ joint project.

The objective of our project is to promote entrepreneurship education and social entrepreneurship among young people. This means promoting empowerment, participation and the active citizenship of young people in the world of business and society.

The overall objective is to promote youth entrepreneurship at EU level by providing young people with non-formal learning opportunities helping them

  1. to explore and develop their entrepreneurial initiative,
  2. to develop and improve their leadership skills and
  3. to acquire knowledge about business ethics and to reflect the ethical dimensions of leadership in business in the context of a “highly competitive Social Market Economy” (Lisbon treaty).

The project will also give thrust to entrepreneurship education in Europe by developing and testing an entirely new innovative program of non-formal entrepreneurship education and training that should be complementary to both university studies, trainee programs and further training activities of young professionals. This program will be based on the concept of “Social Market Economy” and shall promote a cultural change in the attitudes towards a modern concept of business ethics.

Participating countries and organisations

1. Germany

Bund Katholischer Unternehmer e.V. (BKU) is a non-profit association of Christian business executives founded in 1949. Its mission is to carry Christian values and social ethics into the business community, economic expertise into the church and both into the larger society. BKU does this based on Christian social thought and oriented towards the concept of ‘Social Market Economy’.

Contact:  Markus Warode

The Center for Corporate Citizenship is a research center located in Ingolstadt. At the Center we research the impact of economy on society and vice versa where the role of innovation, values and politics is of significant importance. The center holds expertise in science, research and teaching.

2. Italy

CONFORM-Consulenza, Formazione e Management S.c.a.r.l. has been working for about 20 years nationally and internationally, promoting and developing important research projects and training plans, with innovative formats and solutions for classroom, experiential and e-learning courses. It provides consultancy and technical assistance to businesses and public administration with experienced staff and a consolidated team of experienced trainers, consultants, professionals, managers and entrepreneurs. It is accredited for Higher Education and Continuing Education in the Campania Region and for Continuing Education in the Veneto Region.

UCID, Christian Union of Business Executives, is an association of almost 3.000 business executives. It was founded in 1947 and welcomes members with positions of responsibility, to commit themselves to constantly bear witness to the social doctrine of the Church. The values of entrepreneurship are trained according to the centrality of the person, for the development and construction of the Common Good. The structure of the UCID is a federation of association, which is divided into regional groups and provincial sections. The regional groups and sections ensure the realization on the territory of the Union. The UCID groups operate in accordance with its statutes and the sections are coordinated by the national level. In most of its sections UCID has an active youth chapter. In addition, UCID has its own magazine to spread messages, and over the years has published many books, within the series “Entrepreneurs Christians for the Common Good” published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

3. Hungary

ÉrMe Business Network has the aim to build a network in order to connect people and organizations that participate in the business maintaining the fundamental values of the Christian Hungarians and naturally believe that the goal of their participation in the business is not only to gain success, but to create the material basis of solidarity for the people in need in their narrower or wider environment. The first organization of the ÉrME, called ÉrMe Klub was formed by six Hungarian entrepreneurs in January 2000, with the aim to create a forum where business men and fellow entrepreneurs could meet, who wanted to operate in the business in line with the fundamental values defined by the Christian Hungarians. More hundred business men and entrepreneurs have regularly visited the club events since then and what they have in common is that their business decisions are not only driven by profit, but they try to consider other aspects as well. Today, not only one club in Budapest, but numerous other organizations also belong to the ÉrMe Üzleti Hálózat, which shows that more and more people want to participate in the development of business relationships based on trust, social responsibility and the activity of communities that provide the framework for these.

Contact:  Tamás Ernyey 

Napra Forgó is a medium-sized, non-profit enterprise with public benefit status operating in a market environment, but for public purposes. It ha been working on the (re)integration of people with disadvantaged backgrounds, especially people with disabilities since 2000, based on its own, innovative, sustainable employment-rehabilitation model. We are a Hungarian, Our non-profit aim is to help disadvantaged and multiple disadvantaged people on the labour market (especially disabled / handicapped, long-term un-employed persons, law skilled people, young people without any work experience, elderly job-seekers, people with obsolete profession) by trainings and labour exchange mediation in the interest of their employment rehabilitation. The number of employees is around 150 people. We have about 45-50 constant employees with disabilities, who are fully integrated in our everyday life.

4. Slovenia

Socialna akademija (Social Academy) is a non-profit private institute that has been formally operating since 2004 with activities in the fields of education, research and culture. The mission of the Social Academy is to contribute to active citizenship and social responsibility of people through training, education, research and the promotion of a culture based on common values, such as the respect for human dignity, solidarity, justice and the common good. We organize study courses, seminars, conferences and workshops as well as various projects with other civil society organizations from Slovenia and abroad. We are also developing educational systems in other youth organizations, guiding different youth initiatives and international trainings.

The Union of Christian Business Executives of Slovenia (ZKPS), the Slovene branch of UNIAPAC, is a non-governmental organization established in 1991. Members are directors of small business enterprises, leading managers of private, public companies and governmental institutions, company board members, entrepreneurs and others. Most of us are employers. Some of our members are distinguished public or political personalities. The Union aims to promote fair and successful business and responsibility towards partners and employees in Slovenia. We believe that in this way we can contribute to gradual improvement of the human relations within the Slovene business world. Key activities are focused on young prospective entrepreneurs. We want to encourage them to decide for a business career and to bear future responsibility for successful leadership based on ethical values. Most of our activities are open also to the general public

5. Belgium

ADIC, founded in 1933, is a not-for-profit organisation gathering as members 200 business leaders from mostly French speaking Belgium and attracting up to several hundred people to its major events. It provides them with a forum to discuss their day-to-day jobs in the light of Christian values. It encourages social and ethical behaviours, engaging in initiatives and actions that promote trust and integrity within the business environment and society as a whole. Deeply rooted in the values of the Gospel, ADIC raises an open look at the world of business. Through reflection teams, meetings and review cycles and the journal “Business and People”, they want to be a platform for exchange and inspiration for actors in economic and social life. Today more than ever, ADIC intends to be a transmission belt between generations, combining the experience of energy with each other, and to rethink the company as a true common good of value creation, shared value.