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

Cooperatives, as the most important expression of citizens’ needs and aspirations in the form of an enterprise, have appeared naturally to provide adequate solutions to satisfy community needs, such as health, education, housing, environment, social services and labour integration for disadvantaged citizens; all of them worldwide basic needs. Over the last few years, the cooperative movement, through member-based and democratically controlled businesses, has been meeting the challenge of (...)

The study ‘Cooperatives and Employment: a Global Report’ is available online

Presented for the first time at the International Summit of Cooperatives on 7 October, with the presence of ILO Deputy Director General Sandra Polaski, and available now in an electronic version, the study “Cooperatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives, discusses the significance of cooperative employment in the global landscape, both quantitatively and qualitatively. By piecing up together incomplete (...)

Worker and Social cooperatives at the heart of the 2014 Cooperative Summit

From October 5 to 9, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City, Canada brought together 3,000 participants from 93 countries. Worker and social cooperatives were broadly represented both in institutional terms and with concrete examples from all around the globe. A gathering for worker cooperators was held on October 6th, and CICOPA’s Secretary General, Bruno Roelants, was a panelist at five sessions, including the presentation of a worldwide report and the final (...)

CICOPA Americas: Reaffirming cooperatives’ role in the sustainable development of the planet

The III Cooperative Summit of the Americas will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, from 3-7 November. It will be the II gathering of the General Assembly of CICOPA-Americas since the restructure of the organisation. The focus of the summit will be a call to strengthen our commitment to the active role cooperatives can play in a globalised world seeking sustainable development, and it will also provide a forum for reflection and (...)

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