As much of western Europe still grapples with austerity and weak economic growth, the co-operative economy is proving remarkably resilient sparking a revival of employee owned businesses. (Reuters)
We’d like your help in realising the ICA’s Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade by participating in a short survey on key messages and a visual identity for the global co-operative movement. The ICA Board has decided that there was such strong acceptance of the logo for the International Year of Co-operatives that we should develop a subsequent image for co-operatives around the world to use at least through the Co-operative Decade.
The National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) echoes the concerns voiced on April 24 by a number of bipartisan committee members in a budget hearing with the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, regarding USDA Rural Development’s “sweeping” proposal to consolidate agency programs including the Rural Cooperative Development Grant program through the Congressional appropriation process.
The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) is partnering with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to help small landholder farmers in Ethiopia better cope with climate change.
During Occupy Wall Street, protesters spent thousands of dollars printing pamphlets and posters to spread their message. Watching money flow into the corporate companies whose principles they protested, a small group of participants planned to start their own printing cooperative founded on the principles of equal responsibility, ownership and pay.
Message from Dame Pauline Green, International Cooperative Alliance President on the Co-operative Decade (CBLD)
In its initial review of the recently released President’s FY14 budget, the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) is seriously concerned with the elimination of the only program in the federal government solely focused on cooperative owned businesses.
An interesting report from the Korean public television on the boom of cooperatives in the country (Korea Today)
The IDB Annual Meeting in Panama will begin with a seminar on youth and social innovation for development organized by the IDB Youth Program and the Panamanian government. Experts in the field will highlight how young people can use social innovation to help solve challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean. Making strategic investments in youth to spur innovation and creativity and promote opportunitiesis key to addressing old problems with new solutions.
You can participate in the “My World” global survey launched by the United Nations to identify priorities in order to prepare the next development agenda in the run up to 2015. It is an online survey asking individuals to choose among sixteen possible issues, which they think would make the most difference to their lives.
On Feb. 22, 2013, National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) President and CEO Mike Beall sent letters to Capitol Hill to leaders in the House of Representatives in support of three bills that affect credit unions and their ability to serve their members.
The head of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today called for greater coordination between the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions to reduce inequalities, as he laid out priorities for the body tasked with confronting the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges.
The Corporation has recently been selected by the jury panel of the Boldness in Business Awards as one of the six candidate companies from all over the world in the “Drivers of change” category. A total of 260 companies from all over the world were put forward to compete for these awards, which are jointly organised by the Financial Times (FT) and Arcelor Mittal (AM).
Michael V. Beall, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Coopeative Business Assossiation (NCBA) reflected on President Obama’s State of the Union Address .
The International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation / Regional Association for the Americas (ICMIF/Americas) recently elected new officers for the 2012-2013 Board of Trustees at its recent Annual Members Meeting held during the ICMIF/Americas 20th Annual Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina
It’s a new year and many co-ops and credit unions have new members and employees. Help them learn more about co-operatives with the Discover the Co-operative Difference online orientation module.
Cuba legalized non-agricultural co-operatives on Tuesday 12th December 2012, as the state continued to pull back slowly from its centrally planned economy in favour of private initiative and market forces.
The Power of Cooperatives: an interview with Simel Esim, Chief of the ILO’s Cooperative Branch (ILOTV)
The official closing of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), “Promoting Cooperatives Beyond 2012” is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 19-20 November 2012. The two day event highlights major outcomes of various observances during the year, as well as forthcoming initiatives to strengthen cooperatives beyond 2012.
Three hundred of the world’s top co-operatives have a turnover of USD 2 trillion, according to statistics from the International Co-operative Alliance. In an in-depth study of co-operative financial reports from around the world during 2010, the ICA and its partner in the scientific study Euricse discovered that the largest 300 co-operatives had a turnover of USD 1,975.6 billion, compared to USD 1,600 billion in last year’s Global300 report.
Delegates at Co-operatives United were asked to be the voice of the one billion co-operators around the world and to keep up the momentum of the International Year of Co-operatives.
A Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade was launched for co-operatives by co-operatives at the ICA’s General Assembly last week. The document, which was compiled by a working group with input from various co-operators and conferences this year, aims for co-operatives to be the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020.
Brazil will soon create a credit cooperative guarantee fund with an aim to supporting the efficiency and reach of the country’s financial system, Brazilian Central Bank President Alexandre Tombini said Monday.
Leaders from the Co-operative Movement followed in the footsteps of the original Pioneers, as they attended the grand re-opening of the refurbished Rochdale Pioneers Museum on Monday 29 October.
A recent report by a consultancy firm has found that many preconceptions about co-operatives are misplaced. Andrew Bibby takes a look at the findings
To celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives, the CCA National Young Co-operators are launching a new legacy project aimed at providing direction to young co-operators in the co-op and credit union sectors.
We are about to enter the last month of the International Year of Co-operatives. While we will surely ride the momentum through the end of calendar year 2012, the International Year actually launched on 31 October 2011, at a plenary session of the United Nations in New York, and so officially closes, for co-operators, when we meet together in Manchester, UK on 31 October 2012.
Caja Cooperativa CREDICOOP (CREDICOOP) was founded on 22 May 1933 and thus, it is celebrating its 80 anniversary.
Fundación Promotora de Cooperativas (FUNPROCOOP) was founded on 22 May 1967 and thus, it is celebrating its 46 anniversary.
Federación Nacional de Cooperativas Financieras UNISAP, S.C. de R.L. de C.V. (UNISAP) was founded on 27 May 1973 and thus, it is celebrating its 40 anniversary.
Cooperativa Policial de Ahorro y Crédito (COPAC) was founded on 28 May 1982 and thus, it is celebrating its 31 anniversary.
Confederación Nacional de Cooperativas de Trabajo (CNCT) was founded on 29 May 2009 and thus, it is celebrating its 4 anniversary.
Cooperatives worldwide have nearly 1,000 million members and generate 100 million jobs, 20% more than multinational companies (2012)
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