2012 International Year of Cooperatives

2012 International Year of Cooperatives

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives. It is a crucial opportunity for the cooperative movement to raise awareness of our business model and CICOPA is conscious of that.

The International Year of Cooperatives’ main objectives are to increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to socio-economic development, promote the formation and growth of cooperatives. In particular it recognises their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The International Year encourages governments to establish policies, laws and regulations conducive to the formation, growth and stability of cooperatives.

The slogan of this International Year is “Cooperative enterprises build a better world” and the logo evokes the definition of cooperative enterprises as autonomous associations of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, cultural needs and aspirations, through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.

It is a tremendous opportunity for CICOPA to highlight the role of worker cooperatives, social cooperatives and participative and worker-owned enterprises in this field. Together with all its members and the whole cooperative movement, CICOPA will celebrate this International Year through various activities that will be advertised on this page.

You can find more information about the International Year of Cooperatives on

International Organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and
Service Producers' Cooperatives

Secretariat: C/O European Cooperative House - avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 543 1033, fax: +32 2 543 1037
E-mail: cicopa[at]

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