Nexem, the French federation representing employers from the not-for-profit social services sector

1 janvier 2017

Nexem is the main network representing employers from the not-for-profit social services sector in France. The organisation’s aim is to influence public policies to better respond to the changing challenges of the sector.

Nexem pursues two main goals:

  • Structure the sector around a new collective agreement for all the not-for-profit health and social care services in France;
  • Transform the offer of care providing allowing more person-centred services for vulnerable persons with support needs.

Key figures

  • 11.000 services and facilities
  • 330.000 employees

Six sectors: persons with disabilities, older people, child protection, guardianship, social inclusion and health services.

Representation at the regional, national and European level 

On the basis of the experience of its members and via its network, Nexem exchanges with the legislator, government agencies, as well as central and local administrations to support the development of adequate public policies affecting service provision. 

Nexem's members have regular contacts with local authorities. At national level, Nexem is actively engaged in numerous working groups, committees and governing bodies and is a member of UDES (Union of employers in the social economy).

At European level, Nexem is a member of Services of General Interest Europe (SGI Europe), an involved founding member of the Federation of European Social Employers), a member of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD),  and a member of Eurochild.

Innovation and European projects

Nexem has a dedicated innovation unit, which works on improving services for persons with support needs. This includes the use of new technologies and different approaches to personalised support. Nexem has actively been involved in various EU-funded projects, such as

Nexem has a dedicated innovation unit, which works on improving services for persons with support needs. This includes the use of new technologies and different approaches to personalised support.

Nexem has actively been involved in various EU-funded projects, such as AJuPID on access to justice for persons with intellectual disabilities and on projectspromoting the role of social services' employers in social dialogue at EU level.. Nexem is today involved in Foresee project, aiming at studying the consequences of Covid-19 on service provision, developing social dialogue in social services in central and eastern Europe and at collecting good practices and developing tools to improve the sector's attractiveness.

Study Visits

Nexem has organised several study visits for its governance: a group of Presidents and management level staff fromall over France organisations learnt more about social policies and services for persons with support needs. Visits have been organised to Finland, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium and Norway.

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