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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Cooperative Care

In 2004 in the city of Mar del Plata, in the province of Buenos Aires, a program on Domiciliary Care was created, covering the subject of elderly, disabled and chronically ill. Something new for the Argentinian society: to think about the elderly and the representation of old age.

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Social farming in Italy: how the social cooperative “Un Fiore per la vita” is showing the way forward

The “Fuori di Zucca” social farm was created in 2005 in Aversa, between Caserta and Naples, as a result of the vocation and the aspirations of the members of the “Un fiore per la vita” Cooperative to continue the historic rural tradition of Campania Felix. The idea was to introduce modern farming methods and new productive activities to restore dignity and value to people through the creation of a social economy, to promote respect for the environment and to develop people’s awareness and consumption of local products.

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Great success of the SCIS2016: 4 days of international exchange of Social Cooperatives

Social cooperatives are among the most vital actors of the economy in today’s world, showing the capacity to understand the challenges our societies face today. 30 Cooperative managers from Italy, Japan, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Slovenia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Turkey actively attended the Social Cooperatives International School held from 20 to 23 October in Naples (Italy).

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Worker, social and producers’ cooperatives will keep contributing to the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, world leaders have adopted the 2030 Agenda aiming at achieving targeted Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years. To end poverty, promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth together with inclusive and sustainable industrialization and ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns are some of the goals. Employing 16 million people worldwide, worker, social and producers’ cooperatives express their commitment to keep contributing to the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda. As enterprises based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, they have been working to achieve those goals for years now.

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