Resources being wasted, the creation of artificial needs, programmed obsolescence, overconsumption, proliferation of waste…, these are the symptoms of a market economy which only seeks its own perpetuation, for the benefit of the few. However, there is another type of economy that aims to benefit everyone, with respect for everyone and which cares about a sustainable world.

In the ethical and solidarity economy, it is indeed this social vision of leading a good life that serves as a guide, rather than profit. Through different models of production and consumption, the Emmaus groups use work to promote dignity and empowerment, fostering the participation of stakeholders to share resources, knowledge and wealth, and to invent inclusive and democratic forms of governance. 

There are many activities implemented by the Emmaus groups throughout the world. These include salvaging and upgrading second-hand furniture, objects and clothing, craftwork linked to fair trade circuits, ecotourism and micro-credit.

Download our brochure “an ethical and solidarity economy”

A 3-minute video to explain this struggle