Cooperatives of the Americas has become a partner organization of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), an initiative that works to make agri-food research and innovation more effective, responsive and equitable, towards achieving Sustainable Development outcomes.
Invitation of the Uruguayan Confederation of Co-operative Entities and Alliance member organisations in Uruguay to the Fourth Cooperative Summit of the Americas to be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, between 14 and 18 November, 2016 (Co-operatives of the Americas)
For 2017, the 55th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55) has selected the following priority theme: “Strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustainable development for all”. As part of its activities for CSocD55, the UNDESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) is hosting a photo exhibition at United Nations Headquarters in New York City from 1-10 February 2017, during the Commission. Photos selected for the exhibition will be viewed by the many visitors to the UN, including government officials, experts, and NGO representatives during this important event, and will be included in an online exhibition brochure distributed to key partners and stakeholders.
The same day as the White House Summit on Global Development, highlighting the impacts of U.S. government programs over the past eight years, President Obama officially signed the Global Food Security Act into law, bringing a whole of government approach to address food security needs around the world.
The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) applauded the inclusion of its emerging markets strategy in a B20 policy paper.
On 20th April, Cooperatives Europe organised a panel discussion on the refugee challenge in Europe as part of its 10th anniversary member meeting in Brussels. Cooperators from Sweden, Italy, Israel and Turkey presented their experiences in working with refugees over the last 18 months in Southern Europe.
The sectorial organisation of the International Cooperative Alliance for industry and services cooperatives issued a declaration expressing its commitment to fight for an equal access to services and work opportunities provided by cooperatives, face of what it regards as the gravest migration and humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Launched last April 5, La Guilde des développeurs de jeux vidéo indépendants is an organisation that regroups video game developers as well as creators and entrepreneurs from similar domains established in Quebec.
On 16 March 2016, the International Co-operative Alliance represented the co-operative movement at a high-level side event during the Commission on the Status of Women at UN headquarters in New York.
A new report by the Senate’s Economics References Committee in Australia includes 17 recommendations to help grow co-operatives and mutuals. The research highlights different barriers to innovation, growth and free competition faced by the sector, suggesting a set of reforms that the Federal government could make to address these.
In Italy co-operatives are working to support migrants integrate, including asylum seekers and refugees. Camelot, a social co-operative in Bologna and Ferrara, Italy, works within the framework of Italy’s National Fund for Asylum Policy and Services.
Insurance sometimes has a reputation of being a conservative industry, run in a time-honoured way by groups of men with little involvement by women, particularly at senior levels.
Message from Monique Leroux, President of the International Co-operative Alliance on the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2016 (International Co-operative Alliance)
With the Canadian government announcing it would welcome 25,000 Syrians displaced by the war, co-operatives have responded by donating funds to help welcome the refugees.
In 2015, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada commissioned Murray Fulton of the University of Saskatchewan and Jean-Pierre Girard of Productions LPS to study the reasons that co-operative and mutual enterprises choose to demutualize. The study, Demutualization of Co-operatives and Mutuals, offers a comprehensive view of the dynamics and implications of demutualization.
The Board of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Ziewacz as NCBA CLUSA’s new president and chief executive officer, effective immediately.
It was announced the formation of a new national trade association – the Canadian Credit Union Association (CCUA) –created to represent Canada’s credit unions and caisses populaires (outside of Quebec). It is the first, national credit union governed organization in Canada, distinct in its commitment to co-operative values.
A five-year, $5 million commitment from the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS) will provide critical start-up funding for Co-operatives First, an organization that will facilitate a new wave of co-operative development in Western Canada.
Two of Canada’s leading dairy co-operatives have formed a Co-operative Dairy Alliance that could strengthen the country’s sector.
The governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro García Padilla, approved a law that sets out new accounting rules for credit and saving co-operatives.
NCBA CLUSA kicked off its 100th Anniversary at the National Press Club with the formal launch of the newly-formed bipartisan Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus and testimonies from a broad spectrum of co-op advocates ranging from top co-op executives to an Organic Valley farmer leading the “Generation Organic” revolution among new family farmers in the U.S.
CHS Inc., the US leading farmer-owned cooperative and a global energy, grains and foods company, today reported net income of $266.5 million for the first quarter of its 2016 fiscal year.
Through the USA Cooperative Youth Council (USACYC) young cooperators can directly participate democratically, assume leadership roles and be provided with education and experiential opportunities to learn more about cooperatives. Founded in 2012, it is a directly participatory organization that wishes to initiate, coordinate, promote and participate in educational efforts and programs that empower youth. The Youth Council is democratically run, and a board is elected to govern the activities.
At the COP21 Conference, the ICMIF and International Co-operative Alliance delegation has urged heads of state to agree to effective and ambitious measures against climate change. They call attention to unique qualities which make co-operatives a long term and solid lever to achieve a more sustainable economy.
The research study, released today by the Ontario Co-operative Association (On Co-op), the capacity-building organization and trade association for the province’s 1,300 co-operative business enterprises, found that the highest number of co-operatives are in housing and child care services — and that insurance, finance, agriculture and whole sale industries are the economic drivers for the co-operative sector in Ontario.
The Spanish cooperator and Vice-president of the Spanish Confederation of worker cooperatives Manuel Mariscal has been re-elected President of CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives in the framework of the General Assembly held in Antalya, Turkey 14 November. He renews the mandate given by CICOPA members in November 2011 in Cancun, Mexico.
Representatives of co-operative businesses participated today in the B20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, preceding the G20 meetings. They called for greater inclusion of the co-operative perspective and for the recognition of their specific business model in B20 recommendations to the G20.
National Cooperative Bank, known for providing banking solutions tailored to meet the needs of cooperatives nationwide, released its annual NCB Co-op 100, listing the nation’s top 100 revenue-earning cooperative businesses. In 2014, these businesses posted revenue totaling approximately $243.2 billion, a 4.1% increase from 2013. The NCB Co-op 100 remains the only annual report of its kind to track the profits and successes of cooperative businesses in the United States.
With increasing challenges brought by demographic changes, technological developments, globalisation or climate change, the world of work is facing an uncertain future. In this respect, co-operatives are a major player, with more than a quarter of a million employees across the globe, and a global turnover figure of 2.2 trillion USD.
National Co+op Grocers (NCG) today announced its Co+op Forest carbon offset program has expanded to now include an estimated 837,000 trees in an at-risk region of the Peruvian rainforest and, new this year, will also help support the reintroduction of beekeeping to the area.
“Can fair firms survive in the market place?” is the topic of a new paper presented at the International Co-operative Research Conference in Antalya, part of Towards 2020, the biannual conference of the International Co-operative Alliance.
In collaboration with the International Co-operative Alliance and Domains.coop, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is pleased to announce the launch of a consumer awareness initiative specifically for cooperatives, “OwnIt: Your Work. Your Identity.”
The International Summit of Cooperatives, which will run from October 11 to 13, 2016 in Quebec City, Canada, is ready to unveil its program. Under the theme of Cooperatives: The Power to Act, the Summit will show the real impact of cooperatives and mutuals at the local, national and international levels, and the pivotal role they play in terms of the key global issues listed in the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda.
Rural electric co-operatives in the USA have started collaborating with credit unions to promote financial literacy in their local communities. The project, called Operation Connect, is currently in a pilot stage. The idea behind it is to bring together credit unions and rural electric co-operatives that operate in the same geographic location.
The Quebec Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (Le Conseil québécois de la cooperation et de la mutualité - CQCM) has taken part in a consultation to set out the government’s youth agenda for the next decade.
The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) today revealed that US mutual insurers have continued to outperform the total US market since 2007. The full research will be launched to more than 270 delegates from 35 countries at ICMIF’s Biennial Conference this coming October (6-9) in Minneapolis, Minnesota., Thrivent Financial, the largest fraternal benefit society in the US, will host the event.
In a statement applauding the contributions of co-ops to the U.S. economy and urging all Americans to learn more about the benefits of cooperative development, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack declared October 2015 National Cooperative Month.
Earlier this month Paraguayan president Horacio Cartes enacted a law that requires co-operatives to pay value added tax (VAT). The new law changes various articles of Law 438/94 on co-operatives and has been rejected by the senate in June. The Chamber of Deputies voted in favour of the law in September.
Cooperatives Europe releases its latest publication “Building People-Centred Enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean – Cooperative Case Studies”. The document showcases 20 best practices, from renewable energy to quinoa cultivation, from handicraft to credit unions. It highlights the ability of cooperatives to provide services of common interest, generate innovation and solidarity, improve livelihoods via fair trade and environmental initiatives, and provide financial inclusion.
Recent research on the economic impact of the co-operative sector in Canada shows that its activity contributes over $50 Billion dollars to the Canadian economy and supports over 600,000 jobs.
Interview with Dr Ricardo López, Founder and President of the FAESS (Argentinian Federation of Solidarity Health Entities), Secretary of COOPERAR and member of the International Health Co-operative Organisation (IHCO) Board.
Mutual and cooperative insurers in Latin America reported record premium volumes in 2014, according to the latest statistics published by the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).
The ILO Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED) and Cooperatives Unit (COOP) have embarked on a Mapping of Care through Cooperatives to address this gap. This survey is a component of that initiative.
The World Council of Credit Unions has published its latest statistical report which shows that credit unions have added ten million new members from 2013 to 2014. The report provides membership and financial data as of December 2014, with information on 57,480 credit unions serving 217m members in 105 countries.
High-level political representatives and other stakeholders met in Addis Ababa on 13-16 July for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The meeting resulted in an intergovernmentally negotiated and agreed outcome of the Financing for Development process, which includes several mentions to co-operatives.
Themed “Choose co-operatives, choose equality”, this year’s International Day of Co-operatives was marked at the United Nations headquarters in New York through a side event to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. On this occasion representatives from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the global co-operative movement highlighted the contributions of co-operative enterprises to equality and reflected on the potential of co-operatives to developing the Sustainable Development Goals.
A new research group set up in the USA will research and share effective strategies for the development, performance and growth of co-operatives in developing countries. Launched earlier this year with support from USAID, the International Cooperative Research Group is a division of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC).
On Tuesday, 12 January 2010 Haiti was struck by a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake. An estimated three million people were affected by the quake. Death toll estimates range from 100,000 to about 160,000. Moved by the magnitude of the tragedy, the international co-operative movement represented by the International Co-operative Alliance began a solidarity campaign to raise funds to aid the victims and contribute to the country’s reconstruction. Part of the collected funds were allocated to construction of the first mutual aid housing co-operative in Haiti. On 14 April 2015, 23 families, members of Kooperativ Lojman Men nan Men -KOLOMM- (Hand-in-Hand Housing Co-operative), received the keys to their new homes. (Co-operatives of the Americas)
The theme of International Youth Day 2015 is “Youth Civic Engagement.” The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development. Yet often the opportunities for youth to engage politically, economically and socially are low or non-existent.
The Board of Directors of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) elected Jack Wilkinson President and Chair of CMC on June 18 in Saskatoon during the 2015 AGM. Mr. Wilkinson is a Director of The Co-operators. Hazel Corcoran and Denis Richard remain Board Vice-presidents.
We put more time in choosing our shampoo than our economy. Going co-operative is making a choice, and one that creates a more equal world! ’Choose co-operative, choose equality’ is the theme of the 2015 International Day of Co-operatives! Find all the info on www.coopsday.coop! (International Co-operative Alliance)
The International Co-operative Alliance today announces the retirement of its President, Dame Pauline Green to take effect at the close of the Alliance’s general assembly in Antalya, Turkey, on 13 November 2015.
Industry Canada has published new data covering the 2009-2010 fiscal periods. This is the first official data released by the federal government in some time on Canadian co-ops and contains quite a bit of insight.
Government senator Norman Grant, who is president of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), says that there is an urgent need to modernise Jamaica’s cooperative legislation.
he CHS Foundation has awarded 100 $1,000 scholarships to high school students pursuing an agricultural-related degree or a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, Math) field of study with an interest in agriculture. The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.
Nominations are open for the International Co-operative Alliance’s Rochdale Pioneers Award, the highest honour that the Alliance bestows. The purpose of the Award is to recognise, in the spirit of the contribution of the Rochdale Pioneers, an individual who has contributed to innovative and financially sustainable co-operative activities that have significantly benefited co-operative members. Under special circumstances, a co-operative organisation can be recognised.
The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation/Americas Region (ICMIF/Americas) and hosts, ICMIF member PRYBE Protecciones y Beneficios, are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 23rd ICMIF/Americas Annual Conference taking place from 12-14 August 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico.
From 1 to 13 June, worker, employer and government delegates from the International Labour Organisation’s 185 member States are meeting in Geneva at the 104th Session of the International Labour Conference to tackle a wide range of issues, including the transition from the informal to the formal economy.
The Latin American Reinsurance Group (LARG) is a group of members of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) which purchase reinsurance collectively. The concept was originally set up in 2004 by five ICMIF member organizations and it has grown steadily since then to now include 16 member organizations.
The Puerto Rican national association of farmers (Asociación de Agricultores) is supporting co-operatives to boost agricultural development.
Domestic workers work in private households for private individuals. In many countries, these are not considered workplaces or employers. Close to a third of domestic workers in the world are excluded from national labour regulations and do not have access to maternity protection rendering them informal.
Worker co-operatives across the world have celebrated the International Workers’ Day by showcasing the important role played by the movement in maintaining jobs and generating employment.
According to the first public opinion survey on cooperatives in more than a decade, a majority of Americans surveyed strongly believe co-ops are beneficial to consumers, despite their general lack of awareness of the philosophy governing the cooperative business model.
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The morning of April 25, 2015, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. It reduced much of Kathmandu to rubble. Survivors have little refuge from continued aftershocks. The death toll is climbing at an alarming rate as survivors struggle to dig through the rubble desperately trying to free loved ones and neighbors.
On the International Workers’ Day, CICOPA wishes to stress how the democratic participation and control of worker-members reinforce the economic sustainability of the enterprise and its resilience in times of crisis.
Co-operators pay tribute to Ian MacPherson, Canada’s co-operative historian, author, educator and advocate who passed away on past November (Anca Voinea)
National Co-operative Business Association (NCBA) was founded on 18 March 1916 and thus, it is celebrating its 101 anniversary.
National Rural Electric Co-operative Association (NRECA) was founded on 19 March 1942 and thus, it is celebrating its 75 anniversary.
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Dr. Manuel Zeno Gandía (COOPZENOGANDÍA) was founded on 15 March 1953 and thus, it is celebrating its 64 anniversary.
Cooperativa Médica del Valle y de Profesionales de Colombia (COOMEVA) was founded on 23 March 1964 and thus, it is celebrating its 53 anniversary.
La Equidad Seguros Organismo Cooperativo (La Equidad) was founded on 6 March 1970 and thus, it is celebrating its 47 anniversary.
Cooperativa Nacional de Servicios Múltiples de Los Maestros (COOPNAMA) was founded on 6 March 1971 and thus, it is celebrating its 46 anniversary.
Banco Credicoop Cooperativo Limitado (BCCL) was founded on 19 March 1979 and thus, it is celebrating its 38 anniversary.
National Cooperative Bank (NCB) was founded on 21 March 1980 and thus, it is celebrating its 37 anniversary.
Cooperativas Nacionales Financieras Aliadas en Red (CONFIAR) was founded on 2 March 2001 and thus, it is celebrating its 16 anniversary.
Cooperatives worldwide have nearly 1,000 million members and generate 100 million jobs, 20% more than multinational companies (2012)
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