Cooperative Uurto, among other social enterprises, has been established to promote a social goal and most of its profits are directed to advance social good.
Osuuskunta Uurto – Cooperative Uurto, among other social enterprises, has been established to promote a social goal and most of its profits are directed to advance social good. The cooperative operates to tackle the mismatching demand and supply in the labour market, as well as to enhance social integration. Uurto holds The Finnish Social Enterprise Mark, which was already awarded to the cooperative during its foundation stage. According to the Association for Finnish Work, to receive the Finnish Social Enterprise Mark, a company needs to show a turnover from at least one financial period. However, in the case of Uurto, customer- and environment-oriented and Corporate Social Responsibility values at the cooperative’s core led to the awarding of the mark in 2018.
The cooperative is funded both by the municipality of Kemijärvi and the Saura foundation with a total of € 40 000.
Evidence of success
Usually, social enterprises are only awarded the Finnish Social Enterprise Mark after the completion of their first financial year. However, due to its unique concept, Cooperative Uurto was awarded the mark already in its establishment phase.
Potential for learning or transfer
Through cooperation among Lappish municipalities, the provincial transitional labour market structure could be developed. The transitional labour market structure is not only replicable in Finnish Lapland but also Finland-wide, even internationally in sparsely populated areas. Moving towards a more sustainable transitional labour market requires Finnish administration and municipalities’ financial inputs and pure will to take actions to solve these social issues.