The activity of the Third Sector of Social Action, its organizations and the people that comprise it, is born of the commitment in the defense of human rights and the provision of social services and rests on the values of participatory democracy, solidarity, equal opportunities , inclusion, and transparency.
The exercise of these values leads to a balanced social development, social cohesion and a model of organization in which economic activity is at the service of citizens.
In Spain, the Third Social Sector is defined in art. 2 of Law 43/2015 as those organizations of a private nature, arising from the citizen or social initiative, for purposes of general interest and non-profit motive, which promote the recognition and exercise of civil rights, as well as rights economic, social or cultural rights of people and groups that suffer from conditions of vulnerability or that are at risk of social exclusion.
The Third Sector of Social Action Study offers data on the sector and a basis for taking on the challenges in the coming years: