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.
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.
“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.
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.
ural 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 show 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)
Agricultores Federados Argentinos Sociedad Cooperativa Limitada (AFA S.C.L.) was founded on 3 November 1932 and thus, it is celebrating its 83 anniversary.
Federación Argentina de Cooperativas de Electricidad y Otros Servicios Públicos Limitada (FACE) was founded on 12 November 1939 and thus, it is celebrating its 76 anniversary.
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito de Arecibo (COOPACA) was founded on 17 November 1946 and thus, it is celebrating its 69 anniversary.
Cooperativa Casa Nacional del Profesor (CANAPRO) was founded on 17 November 1958 and thus, it is celebrating its 57 anniversary.
Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos (IMFC) was founded on 23 November 1958 and thus, it is celebrating its 57 anniversary.
Cooperativa Rural de Electrificación Limitada (CRE) was founded on 14 November 1962 and thus, it is celebrating its 53 anniversary.
Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia (UCC) was founded on 7 November 1964 and thus, it is celebrating its 51 anniversary.
Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Ande N° 1 R.L. (Coope Ande) was founded on 4 November 1965 and thus, it is celebrating its 50 anniversary.
Cooperativa de Crédito Comunal el Buen Samaritano Santa Cruz Limitada (EBS) was founded on 29 November 1965 and thus, it is celebrating its 50 anniversary.
Confederação Nacional das Cooperativas Médicas (UNIMED do Brasil) was founded on 28 November 1967 and thus, it is celebrating its 48 anniversary.
Cooperatives worldwide have nearly 1,000 million members and generate 100 million jobs, 20% more than multinational companies (2012)
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