Sheltered Employment Centres: Sustainability and Social Value



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Segovia Vargas, María Jesús and Camacho Miñano, María del Mar and Pedrosa Alberto, Fernanda Cristina and Gelashvili, Vera (2021) Sheltered Employment Centres: Sustainability and Social Value. Sustainability, 13 (7900). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2071-1050

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Sheltered employment centres are social enterprises where at least 70% of their workers have disabilities. They are a way of helping people with disabilities to work in good working conditions and of allowing disadvantaged people to live a full life. However, some people criticise these businesses for being ghettos where public subsidies are used inefficiently. Our paper aims to test if this criticism is valid by analysing whether these companies provide social and economic value to society in return for public funding and are also economically sustainable over time. Using a sample of 997 Spanish sheltered employment centres, a descriptive analysis of the main variables has been carried out. Additionally, the results of a PART algorithm show the relationship between these companies and economic sustainability. Our findings corroborate that these firms are economically sustainable and, at the same time, socially sustainable. These results highlight the great work that such companies perform for society and the country’s economy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economic sustainability; Sheltered employment centres; Social sustainability; Sustainability
Subjects:Social sciences > Social service > Disability
Social sciences > Economics > Business enterprises
Social sciences > Economics > Labor
ID Code:69632
Deposited On:18 Jan 2022 12:13
Last Modified:19 Jan 2022 09:01

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