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LA & EU cooperatives call on for a continuous political dialogue to strengthen cooperative impact on development

LA & EU cooperatives call on for a continuous political dialogue to strengthen cooperative impact on development

On 5th November, Cooperatives of the Americas and Cooperatives Europe in partnership with Coopermondo, FNCUMA and DGRV, organised the workshop “Cooperation between Latin America & Europe: Contributions to an inclusive & sustainable development” within the Cooperative Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia.

2014 Declaration: International Summit of Cooperatives

2014 Declaration: International Summit of Cooperatives

From October 5 to 9, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City brought together 3,000 participants from 93 countries. They met to discuss economic issues, the development of cooperative businesses, food security, employment and access to health care and services. Courses of action were proposed.

2.6 million cooperatives, 1 billion members, 250 million jobs: Cooperatives are part of the equation and the solution!

2.6 million cooperatives, 1 billion members, 250 million jobs: Cooperatives are part of the equation and the solution!

Today marks the close of the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives, which has brought together over 3,000 participants from 93 countries along with 200 well-known speakers. Discussions during the four-day summit focused on economic issues, the development of cooperative businesses, food security, employment, and access to health care and services.

“Social needs, cooperative answers”: a new campaign for the promotion of cooperatives providing community services

CICOPA, the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives, and IHCO, the International Health Cooperative Organization, launched the campaign “Social needs, cooperative answers”, following a workshop organized in South Africa in the framework of the International Cooperative Alliance conference in 2013.

New report details microcredit expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean

Microcredit in Latin America and the Caribbean has continued its expansion of the last decade, with an increase in customers, more kinds of institutions, a wider variety of services offered to clients, and a trend toward lower interest rates, according to new data released here today by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group.

United Nations publishes first-ever Global Census on Cooperatives

Following the 2012 International Year of Cooperatives the United Nation’s Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) commissioned the first-ever Global Census on Cooperatives, the results of which were shared for the first time during the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives in Québec City, Canada.

The potential of cooperative enterprises in e-waste management

A new report by the cooperatives unit of the International Labour Organization (ILO Coop), highlights the growing problem of electronic waste. Electrical and electronic waste (e-waste) is currently the fastest growing waste stream, and it is hazardous, complex and costly to treat. Adequate e-waste recycling can contribute to an environmentally sustainable economy, but that requires immediate improvements in job quality and incomes.

Contribute to the 2014 Declaration of the International Summit of Cooperatives

From October 5 to 9, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City brought together 3,000 participants from 93 countries. They met to discuss economic issues, the development of cooperative businesses, food security, employment and access to health care and services. Courses of action were proposed. The Summit invites you to contribute to the 2014 Declaration by sending your ideas and comments until October 31, 2014.

New report published by ICMIF: Members Key Statistics 2013 highlights record growth for ICMIF members

ICMIF members reported record premium growth last year, according to the latest financial data from the ICMIF Members: Key Statistics 2013 report. Now in its fifth edition, the report provides a summary of members’ collective financial performance in 2013, with statistics dating back to 2007 included for comparison purposes.

Young Leaders: Co-operate to Transform Society

A message from the Young Leaders at the International Summit of Co-operatives 2014 held in Quebec City.

Summit announces for TOP.COOP winners

The winners of the first TOP.COOP competition have been announced at an awards ceremony in Quebec as part of the International Summit of Cooperatives.

International Co-operative Alliance Elects Board Member

Mr. Aditya Yadav from the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Co-operative Ltd. (IFFCO) has been elected by the International Co-operative Alliance’s Meeting of Members following a vote October 5th evening.

Canada: My credit union matters campaign

Credit Union Central is in the sixth week of a public relations campaign called “My Credit Union Matters”, which is asking Canadians to take action to support the credit union system. The campaign has been very successful to date with 2,200 letters of support sent to finance Minister Joe Oliver.

Financial co-operatives have become the preferred model for the people of Paraguay

The main objective of the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade is for co-operatives to become the preferred enterprise model and, as a result, the fastest growing type of company by the year 2020.

Contribution of co-operatives to world peace: the example of Colombia

Through the Alliance, the global co-operative movement is claiming a greater role in defining the content and implementation of the UN’s post-2015 agenda. One of the 12 objectives proposed by the High Level Group on the Post-2015 Agenda for Development, established by the Secretary General of United Nations, is to "ensure stable and peaceful societies." Rwanda, Nepal, Lebanon and parts of India are some of the cases where co-operatives have shown their potential as relevant, timely and durable solutions to many of the difficulties encountered in post-conflict processes. Now it is the time of Colombia.

The Canadian Co-operators youth sustainability program named 2015 Clean50 Top Project of the Year

IMPACT! The Co-operators Youth Program for Sustainability Leadership has been named the 2015 Clean50 Top Project of the Year for sustainable development and clean capitalism by Delta Management Group. IMPACT! was recognized for helping young Canadians become more effective sustainability champions, and being a model for corporate-community partnerships.

U.S. Department of Agriculture To Invest $518M In Rural Electric Cooperatives

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $518 million in rural electric cooperatives to improve the reliability of rural electrical systems in communities in Texas and 14 other states, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced.

Co-operatives of the Americas supports the United Nations Global Compact

On June 17, Co-operatives of the Americas has communicated to the Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the signature of the United Nations Global Compact initiative promoted since 1999.

Credit Unions Add 7 Million Members in 2013

More than 7 million people worldwide joined credit unions in 2013, according to a new report from WOCCU. Nearly 208 million residents of planet Earth now belong, almost half in the United States. The 2,540 credit unions in Latin America posted the highest membership number among the world’s cooperatives, adding 3.1 million new members.

New edition of the ILO’s My.COOP online TOT course

The objective of this training of trainers (TOT) course is to enable existing and potential managers of agricultural cooperatives to identify and address major challenges that are specific to cooperatives in market-oriented agricultural development.

CUNA study reveals demographic profile of Credit Union members and non-members

The results of Credit Union National Association’s member and nonmember survey reflect growing diversity. CUNA published this article on the trend as credit unions seek to meet their membership’s increasingly diverse needs, opportunities and challenges.

Cooperatives of the Americas join international call for peace

With the escalation of military action once again conspiring against the long-sought pacification of the Middle East, Cooperatives of the Americas issued a “Cooperative Message for Peace” calling for the cessation of hostilities and offering the potential contribution of cooperativism as a tool that, by its very nature, aims at understanding, collaboration and mutual assistance between people, beyond all differences of any type.

NCBA CLUSA among organizations pushing for new U.S. global food security legislation

NCBA CLUSA joined NGO alliance InterAction and other organizations engaged in efforts to end global hunger by signing a statement this week urging Congress to introduce bipartisan legislation by September that ensures continued U.S. leadership in improving food and nutrition security.

New Global Credit Union Statistical Report Now Available

World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) has released its latest Statistical Report, which provides membership and financial data from credit unions and financial cooperatives worldwide. This year’s report includes information from 56,904 credit unions serving nearly 208 million members in 103 countries.

Javier Salaberría, former CICOPA President has passed away

Javier Salaberría, CICOPA President from 2005 until 2011, sadly passed away on Saturday 26th July. Javier will remain a fundamental figure in the memories of all those who worked alongside him, as well as in the history of CICOPA and the worker cooperative movement.

NCBA CLUSA Working Group researches co-op movement in Cuba

NCBA CLUSA led a research and education trip to Cuba last week to gain a clearer picture of the cooperative movement there, which observers say is playing an increasingly significant role in the country’s push for economic reform.

CUNA Mutual Group commits $35,000 to The Cooperative Trust

CUNA Mutual Group has committed $35,000 over the next year to The Cooperative Trust to support the future of credit unions. This new sponsorship continues CUNA Mutual Group’s long-standing involvement with the Trust and will increase leagues’ efforts to engage young adults.

High Marks for U.S. Electric Co-ops in J.D. Power Study

A new J.D. Power study gives a dozen electric cooperatives above-average scores. More than 104,000 residential consumers served by 138 electric utilities nationwide responded to the 2014 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study. It asked about several factors, including price, reliability and customer service.

Co-op Hot Shots 2014

Organised by the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF), Co-op Hot Shots is back for the third year running. Photography enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter. There are two categories to enter – Open Print and Online Fun, with over S$6,000 worth of cash prizes to be won. The competition is open to residents and non-residents of Singapore.

Cooperative sector represented at Vatican Seminar on the Global Common Good

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (PCJP) recently convened a two-day seminar regarding the Global Common Good held at the Pontifical Academy of Science inside Vatican City on 11 and 12 July 2014. Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Cooperative Alliance, was one of the global leaders specially invited to attend the event.

NRECA CEO Hosts Youth Leadership Council

NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson welcomed members of NRECA’s Youth Leadership Council, as they returned to the nation’s capitol a month after visiting Washington, D.C., for the 50th Annual Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.

NCGA and partners raise over $50,000 for Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

A collaborative program of the California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Foundation, the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund is committed to teaching and promoting organics among new and upcoming farmers. The grant supports education programs for students interested in sustainable agriculture nationwide, and in an era of aging farmers, targeting the youth is crucial.

New Research from the NRECA CRN: Telecommunications: The Linchpin for Smart Grid Success

“Telecommunications: The Linchpin for Smart Grid Success,” an article published today by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Cooperative Research Network (CRN), offers lessons from the experiences of six cooperatives that upgraded their telecommunications infrastructure to support new smart grid applications.

Cooperatives as Builders of Sustainable Development

As part of the answer to the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda, CICOPA is publishing the results of the study entitled “Cooperatives as Builders of Sustainable Development”, showing the state-of-the-art of worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives in contributing to sustainable development.

Cooperatives Europe participates in Informal Meeting of EU Ministers and State Secretaries for development

On 15th July, Cooperatives Europe was invited to speak at an open dialogue event on the new role of the private sector in development. The event took place within the Informal Meeting of EU Development Ministers organised by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the EU Commission under the Italian Presidency of the EU Commission on 14th and 15th July in Florence, Italy.

The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada

From June 16th – 19th, co-operators from across Canada convened in Moncton, New Brunswick to take part in the 2014 Congress. The Congress marked a significant event in Canadian co-operative history: The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC).

New York City Invests In Worker Cooperatives

On Thursday, June 26th the New York City Council will vote to approve the city’s annual budget, which contains a $1.2 million initiative to fund the development of worker cooperatives.

Co-operators pay tribute to Ian MacPherson, Canada’s co-operative historian, author, educator and advocate who passed away on past November

Co-operators pay tribute to Ian MacPherson, Canada’s co-operative historian, author, educator and advocate who passed away on past November (Anca Voinea)

Strong cooperative voice at Development Policy Forum in Lima

From 24th to 27th June, the regional seminar for Latin America of the Policy Forum in Development took place in Lima, which was organised by the EU Commission (DG DevCo) together with several Latin American civil society organisations (CSOs). The meeting aimed to bring EU development policies, programs and financial mechanisms closer to the civil society actors of the region with open discussions between institutions and CSOs.

Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all

International Co-operative Alliance press release on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives - 5th July 2014

Message by ILO Director-General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2014

In his message, Guy Ryder, Director-General of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), noted that cooperatives reach many of the poor and excluded who are out of reach from the government, and from conventional markets for goods and services, such as smallholder farmers.

National Cooperative Bank Ranked #5 in Washington Post Top Workplaces List

National Cooperative Bank (NCB), a leading financial institution dedicated to providing banking solutions to cooperatives nationwide has ranked as #5 in mid-sized companies on The Washington Post Top Workplaces list.

Monique Leroux, invites you to the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives. Discover why you should attend the Summit! Mark your calendar: October 6 to 9, 2014 in Quebec City.

Monique Leroux, invites you to the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives. Discover why you should attend the Summit! Mark your calendar: October 6 to 9, 2014 in Quebec City. (International Summit of Cooperatives)

Cooperatives at the top of list of strongest lenders

According to news published by Bloomberg last week the list of the world’s strongest banks has cooperatives in the top three organizations listed. The Desjardins Group, Canada, and the Norinchukin Bank, Japan, in joint second place.

Green City Growers - The Evergreen Cooperatives are a connected group of worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio committed to local, worker-owned job creation; sustainable, green and democratic workplaces; and community economic development

Green City Growers - The Evergreen Cooperatives are a connected group of worker-owned cooperatives in Cleveland, Ohio committed to local, worker-owned job creation; sustainable, green and democratic workplaces; and community economic development (Workplace Democracy)

ILO includes cooperatives in a future Recommedation on tackling the informal economy

An amendment including cooperatives was approved this week to the “proposed conclusions” on transitions from the informal to the formal economy. This is the first step and this item will be dealt with at the current session and at the 104th Session of the Conference to be held in 2015, hopefully with the publication of a Recommendation.

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Our members anniversary

Co-operatives of the Americas sends its warmest greeting to its member organizations who are celebrating their anniversaries in December 2014.

Cooperativa de Crédito de Livre Admissão de Associados Pioneira da Serra Gaúcha (SICREDI Pionera RS) was founded on 28 December 1902 and thus, it is celebrating its 112 anniversary.

Sociedad de Seguros de Vida del Magisterio Nacional (SSVMN) was founded on 24 December 1920 and thus, it is celebrating its 94 anniversary.

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company (Nationwide) was founded on 17 December 1925 and thus, it is celebrating its 89 anniversary.

Confederación Cooperativa de la República Argentina Limitada (COOPERAR) was founded on 5 December 1962 and thus, it is celebrating its 52 anniversary.

Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras (OCB) was founded on 2 December 1969 and thus, it is celebrating its 45 anniversary.

Unimed do Estado de São Paulo - Federação Estadual das Cooperativas Médicas (FESP) was founded on 19 December 1971 and thus, it is celebrating its 43 anniversary.

Sancor Cooperativa de Seguros Limitada (Sancor Seguros) was founded on 21 December 1979 and thus, it is celebrating its 35 anniversary.

Confederación de Cooperativas de Colombia (CONFECOOP) was founded on 14 December 1981 and thus, it is celebrating its 33 anniversary.

Unimed Seguradora SA (Seguros Unimed) was founded on 20 December 1989 and thus, it is celebrating its 25 anniversary.

Cámara Uruguaya de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito de Capitalización de Uruguay (CUCACC) was founded on 12 December 2002 and thus, it is celebrating its 12 anniversary.

Instituto Nacional del Cooperativismo (INACOOP) was founded on 9 December 2009 and thus, it is celebrating its 5 anniversary.

Successful cooperative stories

Cooperativa Agraria Industrial Naranjillo (Perú)

How a cooperative helps members to move from conventional cocoa production ecological organic cocoa, allowing them to increase incomes and improve their quality of life through access to new markets. Subtitled in English

Facts & figures

Cooperatives worldwide have nearly 1,000 million members and generate 100 million jobs, 20% more than multinational companies (2012)

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