CALL FOR PARTNERS: Asia-Pacific Research on Work & Ownership in Coops

CICOPA, on a close collaboration with the ICA Asia-Pacific, will launch in May 2018 a joint research initiative on “Exploring Work & Ownership in Cooperatives”. The research main objective is to better understand the diversity of cooperative models in the industry and service sector for the Asia-Pacific region. The initiative is now launching a call for partners, and CICOPA would like to invite its members from the Asia-Pacific region to participate.

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Social Cooperatives International School 2018

SAVE-THE-DATE 25/28 OCT 2018: CICOPA’s member Federsolidarietà – Confcooperative, the biggest federation of social cooperatives in Italy, is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth global edition of Social Cooperatives International School. The SCIS, with a high entrepreneurial profile and a international spirit, is open to social cooperators and social entrepreneurs from all over the world and specifically addressed to cooperatives’ managers.

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“The SEWA Way”: a New Report with the ILO

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) published on their website a new summary of the report “Advancing cooperation among women workers in the informal economy: The SEWA way” which aims to provide an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for cooperatives and other SSE enterprises in empowering women workers in the informal economy with a specific focus on the experience of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

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The Future of Work: Where do Industrial and Service Cooperatives Stand?

The organization of work and of the production of goods and services is experiencing profound changes that may strongly alter the way in which we work and the future of work itself. In discussing the future of work, it is necessary to differentiate 4 interrelated categories of issues. The present strategic paper review these 4 areas below and provide recommendations structured around the ILO’s concept of Decent Work.

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CICOPA and ICA-AP Meeting in Sri Lanka on Building a Worker Cooperative Network in the Region

The Asia-Pacific Co-operative Development Conference (APCDC) was organized on the theme Building Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships on Sustainable Development in Colombo (Sri Lanka) from 27-28 Feb 2018. CICOPA was present at the conference aimed to create structured exchange and development partnerships among cooperatives and stakeholders in the pursuit of Sustainable Development.

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Cooperatives of Freelancers in Spain

The issue of “freelancers” cooperatives in Spain is a controversial one. Partly because the function and objective of worker cooperatives (democratic governance, solidarity, mutual support, cooperativization of work…) are confused with a series of false cooperatives; that only give the possibility for self-employed to invoice, paying less taxes. A legal loophole that is now in question.

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IVEY CASES on Business Management include a case study on worker cooperatives and CICOPA

Ivey Publishing, of the Richard Ivey School of Business Foundation, is leader in providing business case studies worldwide. The 2017 article and teaching material mention CICOPA several times, can be utilized in group work, training and teaching, and is fun! It highlights issues of growth through diversification and the need for conflict resolution tools in cooperatives in general and worker cooperatives in particular.

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Industrial and Service Cooperatives: Global Report 2015-2016

After the first report released in 2015, the CICOPA second global biannual report on industrial and service cooperatives (2015-2016) is out. Based on a new methodology that combines qualitative and quantitative surveys with strengthened internal desk research, it aims to pursue and improve an exercise of reporting the evolution of its network whose very beginning dates back to 2004, as well as to draw an overall picture of the worldwide movement in this sector.

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