The EESC issues between 160 and 190 opinions and information reports a year.
It also organises several annual initiatives and events with a focus on civil society and citizens’ participation such as the Civil Society Prize, the Civil Society Days, the Your Europe, Your Say youth plenary and the ECI Day.
The EESC brings together representatives from all areas of organised civil society, who give their independent advice on EU policies and legislation. The EESC's326 Members are organised into three groups: Employers, Workers and Various Interests.
The EESC has six sections, specialising in concrete topics of relevance to the citizens of the European Union, ranging from social to economic affairs, energy, environment, external relations or the internal market.
considers that the Economy for the Common Good (ECG) model is conceived to be included both in the European and the domestic legal framework.
underlines that the ECG is a model to be realised within the market economy, it is not opposed to the market economy.
believes that the ECG will contribute to the transition towards a "European Ethical Market" which will foster social innovation, boost the employment rate and benefit the environment.
hopes that the "European Ethical Market" will be built through the implementation of several strategies:
Measuring indicators of wellbeing and social development beyond the GDP such as the Common Good Product and the Common Good Balance Sheet.
Policy-making aimed at recognizing companies with higher contributions to the common good, such as ethical public procurement and the promotion of ethical internal trade.
Promoting ethical external trade as the "Brand Europe". In this way, European companies will lead the global ethical market and will contribute to the enhancement of human rights, labour standards and the protection of the environment throughout the world.
Encouraging all kind of entrepreneurs who start up organisations aimed at contributing to the common good.
Fostering ethical consumption and awareness among European consumers.
Increasing the diversity of the financial ecosystem by promoting networks of ethical banks and stock markets throughout the EU.
demands from the European Commission, in the framework of the renewed CSR strategy, to make a qualitative step in order to reward (in terms of public procurement, access to external markets, tax advantages, etc.) those enterprises that can demonstrate higher ethical performance.