For Angel Simón, "we all need to learn from the effort and work of these companies", and he indicated that Agbar will continue "along the path toward a more human and committed company vision", which supports business relations with these non-profit enterprises with social value.
As well as Agbar’s Executive Chairman, the opening event included interventions by the founder of the initiative, María José Pujol, the Minister of the Economy and Knowledge of the Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia, Andreu Mas-Colell, the Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council, Sònia Recasens, and representatives of companies which collaborate with social enterprises.
Business With Social Value is a solidarity initiative which seeks to generate real possibilities of competitive contracting of business with social value. The aim of the conference is to contribute to the visibility of non-profit social enterprises (those with more than 70% of people with disabilities on their workforce) as a competitive and market economic sector, and to intensify business relations between them and commercial companies. The initiative is promoted by Icària Iniciatives Socials, a non-profit organization which works in favour of the education and social and professional integration of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, with which the Agbar group has collaborated for years.