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6th Cooperative Summit of the Americas



The VI Summit of Cooperatives of the Americas arrives: identity, economic reactivation and climate change at the center of the Agenda.

The VI Summit of Cooperatives of the Americas arrives: identity, economic reactivation and climate change at the center of the Agenda.

Asunción, called "the green capital" of Paraguay, will host the great regional event in October 2022 under the slogan "The cooperative commitment for the reconstruction and care of our local and global community"

Q&A: Marc Nöel ICA-EU Partnership on International Cooperative Development (Coops4Dev)

The programme promotes the potential of co-op enterprises in development.

Regional Youth Committee present in the conversation on youth, work and the solidarity and cooperative economy in Colombia.

Julia Cófreces, secretary of the Federation of Self-Managed Cooperatives of Buenos Aires participated as a panelist in the framework of the "Cycle of solidarity gatherings" organized by the Huil Association of Cooperatives and Solidarity Companies.

The 2nd strategic planning session took place during the LXXVI meeting of the Board of Directors

In Ixtapa, Mexico, the Board of Directors worked on the consolidation of the draft strategic plan for the period 2020 – 2023.

Three representatives from Colombia selected as ambassadors in the framework of the Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs Programme (GCE)

The Global Cooperative Entrepreneurs (GCE) programme supports cooperative entrepreneurship among young people worldwide.

Was held the Forum on cooperatives, press, networks and fake news by Ascoop

Coops4dev participated in the Forum of Cooperativism and Public Opinion held by Ascoop in Bogotá with six leading panelists exposed on reputation and positioning in the era of fake news left many reflections and learnings.

Cooperatives of the Americas reaffirms their commitment to strengthen young cooperators in the region

Has been signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the cooperative youth in the region.

Co-operatives of the Américas participated with FEDECACES in Expo2019

From El Salvador, the Europa Coopera event was held, and the project #Coops4Dev advances were presented.

Cooperatives and the Defense of the Planet

The Conference Room Jardines at the Hotel Panamericano in the city of Buenos Aires, was the stage where members of the cooperative movement participated in the panel dedicated to the sustainable management of natural resources.

Message from Ariel Guarco, President of the International Co-operative Alliance on International Day of Co-operatives 2018

Message from Ariel Guarco, President of the International Co-operative Alliance on International Day of Co-operatives 2018 (International Co-operative Alliance)

National Co+op Grocers’ Co+op Forest approaches 2 million trees

In just five years, National Co+op Grocers’ (NCG) innovative Co+op Forest carbon-offset initiative has grown to include more than 1.7 million native trees in the Amazon rainforest.

A short history of co-operation and mutuality

A short history of co-operation and mutuality provides an overview of co-operative and mutual initiatives that may have led to the modern-day co-operative movement. Written by Co-operatives UK‘s secretary general, Ed Mayo, the book acknowledges the risk of choosing one place as the start of everything that followed, tracing back the roots of co-operation.

NCBA CLUSA urges Congress to uphold tax policy that supports cooperatives

With House Republicans expected to reveal their tax plan on Wednesday, NCBA CLUSA this week released a statement urging Congress to uphold tax policy favorable to the nation’s 40,000 cooperative businesses that support families, small businesses and farmers.

Co-operative movement sustainable development goals efforts presented at the UN General Assembly

On 19 September, on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, the French government on behalf of the Leading Group on Social and Solidarity Economy, organised an event on the topic of “Inclusive, participatory, innovative: financing for Social and Solidarity Economy at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Charles Gould, director general of the International Co-operative Alliance was present and had the opportunity to convey the work done by the Alliance and its members on the issue.

Top American cooperatives will meet in Chile

Between August 9 and 11, the 68th Meeting of the Board of Directors of Cooperatives of the Americas will be held. The event includes several seminars.

FairCoin activates the world’s first ‘co-operative’ blockchain

FairCoin is different because, unlike other cryptocurrencies, it does not involve such mining or minting systems, which are based on competition. Transaction blocks are generated by what is defined as Co-operatively Validated Nodes (CVNs). These nodes co-operate to maintain the security of the network. This kind of issues about emerging technologies was a recurring theme at the International Summit of Cooperatives in Quebec.

Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind

Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind (COPAC)

New website created to raise awareness of employee ownership as a business option

TransfertoCoops.eu offers guidance for company owners and employees in a bid to boost the model across the EU

Spain:Cooperatives have created 22,000 jobs between 2015 and 2016

According to the latest CICOPA report in the world, there are 250 million cooperative jobs. If we limit it to the G20, there are 234 million, approximately 12% of the employed population. In Spain, data from the Ministry of Employment for 2015 and 2016 give an increase of 22,800 jobs in cooperatives, of which almost 80% are In cooperatives of associated work.

Message from the President: International Day of Co-operatives

Message from the President: International Day of Co-operatives (ica.coop)

A KNOWLEDGE HUB on Social Economy and Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations initiative seeks to complement and enhance the knowledge and efforts of various organizations in these two fields.

UK: Co-op Group to redistribute 20 million meals to good causes

The scheme, which will also reduce waste, will see food given to organisations in 2,500 towns and villages where the Co-op operates

Málaga, in Spain, becomes the capital of new economy this spring

NESI Forum aims to lay the foundations of a new economy which is more sustainable and social, based on values and aimed at the common good. Up to 10 new economy movements will be sharing their experiences and explaining how they are changing the world for the better with their everyday practice.

Challenges for cooperativism: United Nations discusses women’s empowerment

Authorities of the Regional Committee on Gender Equality of Cooperativa de las Américas attended the LXI Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Can co-ops help young people fight social exclusion?

An interesting report published by the European Youth Forum highlights how co-operatives can help young people face today’s challenges.

Global Survey on youth cooperative entrepreneurship: ANSWER BEFORE 26 MAY!!

CICOPA (The international Organization of Industrial and Service Cooperatives) has launched an online survey for young people. Let’s participate!

Cooperatives of the Americas present at the Political Forum on Development

With the participation of Manuel Mariño, Regional Director of Cooperativas de las Américas and Arturo Piedra-Santa, Coordinator of the Development Department and Manager of the Cooperation Program with the European Union, CoopsAmericas attended the Fifth Meeting of the Political Forum on Development, held in Brussels, Belgium.

“Coops for Development” held a meeting in Costa Rica

Cooperativas de las Américas hosted the evaluation and planning meeting of the global project funded by the European Union.

International meeting gathered Unions to discuss co-operativism and trade unionism in Latin America

Representatives from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Italy and Canada met this week, under the auspices of CICOPA, to discuss the challenges of co-operative movement and trade unions in Latin America.

No walls, nor exclusions, nor financial globalization

Cooperatives of the Americas issued a statement rejecting the model of globalization controlled by the concentrated financial capital that results in an even greater deepening of inequality and exclusion, and encouragement of xenophobic proposals, while at the same time jeopardizes world peace.

Co-operatives of the Americas joins global forum on agricultural innovation

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.

NCBA CLUSA programs represented at White House Summit on Global Development as President Obama signs Global Food Security Act

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.

Can fair firms survive in the market place?

“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.

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Cooperative Decade
Documento de la Alianza Cooperativa Internacional

The Capital Conundrum for Co-operatives

Guidance Notes to the Co-operative Principles

Survey of Co-operative Capital

Co-operative Governance Fit to Build Resilience in the Face of Complexity

Co-operatives and Sustainability: An investigation into the relationship

Co-operative Growth for the 21st Century

Cooperatives and Employment: a global report

Our members anniversary

Co-operatives of the Americas sends its warmest greeting to its member organizations who are celebrating their anniversaries in January 2023.

Cooperativa del Magisterio de Cundinamarca (CODEMA) was founded on 13 January 1965 and thus, it is celebrating its 58 anniversary.

Cooperativa de Servicios Múltiples Profesionales (COOPROFESIONALES) was founded on 22 January 1970 and thus, it is celebrating its 53 anniversary.

Constructora Nacional de Viviendas Cooperativas Limitada (CONAVICOOP) was founded on 11 January 1975 and thus, it is celebrating its 48 anniversary.

Centro de Estudios y Capacitación Cooperativa R.L. (CENECOOP) was founded on 10 January 1983 and thus, it is celebrating its 40 anniversary.

CoBank (CoBank Inc.) was founded on 1ro January 1989 and thus, it is celebrating its 34 anniversary.

Successful cooperative stories

Natucapri (Brasil)

An innovative idea, the production of handmade soaps from goat milk through a cooperative, changed the social and economic reality of a group of women in a small village of the Brazilian state of Alagoas. 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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