Concordia Bakery is a work integration social enterprise which operates a bakery in the village of Ariçestii Rahtivani, in Prahova county in Romania. The bakery produces natural bread and pastry based on traditional Austrian and Romanian recipes.
It arose from the work of the Concordia Humanitarian Organisation (CHO), a charity originating in Austria. Concordia opened the bakery in 2010 in the same village as to its existing social business, Concordia Agriculture.
The organisations work synergetically together: the bakery employs disadvantaged young people who have graduated from the bakery class of the CHO’s Vocational Training School, and. trains them in social and professional skills.
Between 2011 and 2017 the bakery has employed 29 trainees. Over 90% of them have gone on to find employment in the open labour market (although fewer than half of their jobs are in baking). Approximately one-third of the trainees also benefit from housing and other social services provided by Concordia Humanitarian Organisation.
The bakery has four permanent workers – an executive director, an engineer, a senior baker and a financial officer.