In 2019 ”la Caixa” Foundation, BPI and Nova School of Business & Economics (Nova SBE) joined forces to launch the Social Equity Initiative, a partnership that aims to promote the social sector in Portugal in the long run, sketching a portrait of the sector and developing research and empowerment programs to support Portuguese social organizations.
In total, the initiative involves the creation of seven projects and two Chairs dedicated to the social sector, hence complementing the intervention of BPI and “la Caixa” Foundation in Portugal.
In this initiative, five Knowledge Centers of Nova SBE are involved and leading the execution of the different projects:
the President of the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation.
Artur Santos Silva
Honorary President of BPI and curator of the "la Caixa" Foundation.
Dean of Nova SBE.
The social sector represents an important sector of the Portuguese economy. However, existing data sources provide insufficient and disconnected information, with a low level of interaction and weak data visualization. The goal of the project is to create an integrated public database of social sector organizations in Portugal, that serves Portuguese societies, namely associations, foundations, cooperatives, social enterprises, researchers, Governmental bodies, investors, volunteers and other interested parties from the impact economy in Portugal.
A new executive intensive training program concerning the context and leadership of social organizations, in order to empower business professionals that have non-executive roles in social organizations, hence supporting the professionalization and credibility of the social sector.
The Social Leapfrog Program is a pioneer program that aims to diagnose and accompany social organizations in different business areas. The project will involve Nova SBE’s wider community (students, alumni, faculty, and partners) over the course of three years. The program includes a customized plan per organization and aims to support organizations in “taking a leap” in terms of impact and financial sustainability.
More information: https://www2.novasbe.unl.pt/pt/leadership-for-impact/projetos
Development of research and training programs in the area of Fintech, including the use of information and technology in the finance industry to improve the efficiency of payment systems, deposits, and credit for companies/individuals as well as asset management. This project will produce an annual published public report on the Iberian Fintech industry.
Each year, this project will address a specific social problem that could be analyzed and solved through data science. Challenges could be presented from different areas with social impact, such as from the health sector, labor market, the environment or from education.
In the first year of the project “Data for Change” will work with APDP – Associação Protectora dos Diabéticos de Portugal, with the goal of characterizing risk profiles of the development of nephropathy in the diabetic population.
Knowledge Center: Nova SBE Economics for Policy Knowledge Center
Academic Direction: Prof. Susana Peralta
The goal of this project is to promote knowledge and public discussion through an annual public report on the Social State of Portugal. The report will depict the social-economic framework of Portuguese families, focusing primarily on situations of deprivation and exclusion, and, whenever possible, on access to the existing social responses in Portugal;
Recognition of Professor Miguel Ferreira. To develop research and training projects in the area of responsible finance and sustainable finance. This area analyses the contribution of finance and the financial system to the sustainable development of society, including topics such as “Stakeholders and Value Creation”, “the Effect of Corporate Governance in Long-term Investment,” and “Socially Responsible Investment”.
Recognition of Professor Pedro Pita Barros, that will develop research and training projects in the área of health economics. This chair will analyse the new trends and challenges of the health sector through impact measurements, studies and analysis regarding subjects such as Access to Healthcare Services, Human Resources and Population Ageing.
For more information on this initiative, please contact:
Joana Castro e Costa
Coordinator of the Social Equity Initiative
For more information on our partners, please visit:
”la Caixa” Foundation