In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the term eco-social entrepreneurship is not sufficiently known, and is generally not sufficiently supported. It is represented in several public documents in the field of employment, entrepreneurship, but there are no specific public policies, strategies and action plans dedicated to the issues of the development of social entrepreneurship.
The following areas are identified as eco-social entrepreneurship in the context of BiH:
– Citizens’ associations/NGOs dealing with issues of promoting the protection of the natural environment, including employers dealing with these issues.
– Companies (with limited liability) committed to achieving the recycling targets required by the legal framework, companies engaged in the production of organic food, etc.;
– Cooperatives engaged in the production of healthy food.
As examples of good practice of eco-social entrepreneurship in BiH, we highlight:
“GREENS ” d.o.o. Sarajevo
Company for the production of micro vegetables,herbs and edible flowers in BiH.
“AGRO PLAN ” d.o.o. Bijeljina
Socially oriented company engaged in the cultivation of organic fruits and vegetables.
“Ekopak” d.o.o. Sarajevo
The mission of Ekopak is to enable the fulfilment of legal obligations in accordance with the Rulebook for the management of packaging and packaging waste at the lowest sustainable costs for all its clients and with greatest environmental benefits for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The cooperative ProVita has been operating since 2018. Cooperative was established as a response to unemployment problems,especially of women. It is owned by women,one man and the association “Glas” as a legal entity that fights for a better position for women,espececially from vulnerable groups .
Founded in 2016 and owned by the Association of Citizens “Something More” . EkoDizajn belongs to the category of social eneterprises by meeting the following criteria: conducting operations guided by high environmental standards,employing marginalized groups and using profits as defined by the UGNV mission and conducting non-commercial activities. The main areas of work are; food production on ecological and organic principles , spatial planning on ecological and organic principles and training for people with disabilities.