Provider of innovative and secured solutions of funds management, Edenred has rekindled its longstanding relationship with the European Social Network (ESN) having agreed to be a gold partner for the 26th European Social Services Conference in Seville.

Edenred will bring its expertise to the conference, which runs from May 28-30 and is focusing on social investment. The conference theme is Invest, Innovate, Transform – Empowering People and Communities.

With a presence in 45 countries and deploying social public programmes in more than 20 of them, Edenred plays a crucial role across a range of sectors with enhanced technological and innovative solutions. More than 75 per cent of Edenred’s solutions are technology driven from chip cards to biometrics tools and fully digital programmes.

Edenred works closely with central and local governments, providing solutions that guarantee the effectiveness of their policies and the proper and seamless distribution of social aid.

Alfonso Lara Montero, chief executive of European Social Network, welcomed Edenred’s continued support and acknowledged the role it plays in providing social investment solutions.

“Edenred are a pivotal player in the social services sector and have been long-standing supporters of the conference and its remit to share knowledge,” he said.

“It is great to be able to welcome them to Seville, where their presence and impact will be beneficial to all attending delegates.”

Edenred’s European Affairs Delegate, Delphine Chilese-Lemarinier, reflected on the history between the two organisations and was looking forward to being an intrinsic part of this year’s conference.

She said: “The European Social Services Conference is a qualitative and inspiring event for Edenred’s delegates.

“We appreciate the opportunity to exchange with public authorities in an intellectually, stimulating and enriching environment, which is always really positive and friendly. After each conference we always go back with plenty of food for thought!”

This year’s conference is on target to again attract more than 500 delegates to the leading international forum for senior social services professionals.

The programme features a mix of internationally renowned speakers from politics, academia and major institutions, 28 workshops – the most in its 26-year history –  which will cover a range of topics, plus there is a highly-anticipated project forum on the final day.

Speakers attending include Christian Bodewig of the World Bank, Belgium; Lieve Fransen of the European Policy Centre, Belgium; Maria Jose Sanchez Rubio, Minister for Equality and Social Policies, Government of Andalucia; Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scottish Government

Olivier Noblecourt, Interministerial Delegate for Preventing and Combating Child and Youth Poverty, France and Amalia Zepou, Vice Mayor for Civil Society and Innovation, Athens.

On the eve of the conference, the Nordic Welfare Centre will host the Nordic Day, which will look at investment strategies to successfully integrate young refugees and asylum seekers.