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Cooperatives to transform society : a manifesto from the Young Leaders at the International Summit of Cooperatives

We, young cooperative leaders and members, believe in the cooperative principles and cooperative values. We believe that the co-operative movement must be at the centre of creating a more sustainable and equal economy. We believe that the co-operative movement must be at the center of creating a more sustainable and equal economy. This economy should be built around principles of democracy, social justice and solidarity. Read more.


Cooperatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work

Cooperatives have been contributing to employment all over the world for decades. Presented for the first time at the International Summit of Cooperatives, 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. The results show how cooperatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work, making up almost 12% of the entire employed population of the G20 countries. Cooperative enterprises generate partial or full-time employment involving at least 250 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of cooperatives. Read more.


Heading towards a cooperative shockwave: the adoption of the law on the social and solidarity economy in France

The French law on the recognition and development of the social and solidarity economy, which has been in force since August 2014, introduces changes to the status and functioning of worker cooperatives, creates a regime for employment and activity cooperatives (CAE, acronym in French for coopérative d’activités et d’emploi) and relaxes the status of collective interest cooperatives flexible in France. Read more.


Javier Salaberría, former CICOPA President has passed away

Javier Salaberría, CICOPA President from 2005 until 2011, sadly passed away on Saturday 26th July and we received this news with great sorrow. Javier will remain a fundamental figure in the memories of all those who worked alongside him, as well as in the history of CICOPA and the worker cooperative movement. Read more.


Worker cooperation development in Belgium

Worker cooperatives in Belgium are getting organised. The Union des Scop Wallonie-Bruxelles has emerged this year thanks to the determination of more than 30 enterprises of various statuses. The objective is to stimulate the creation of a legal status close to the one of the French “scop” (worker cooperative) in Belgium and encourage its development. Read more.


Achieving sustainable development for all through cooperative ownership and participation

On the eve of the International Cooperative Day, CICOPA, the voice of worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives, is underlining the high potential of inclusion of those cooperatives being strongly linked to their ownership and participation, which is inherent in their mission. This capacity to include people merges with an equal redistribution of wealth and the fight against poverty, which are essential to achieve sustainable development for all. That is to say: cooperatives help to integrate the individuals socially and economically in the society. Read more.


Spain: 32% more worker cooperatives created than last year

In 2013, a 32% increase in the creation of worker cooperatives was registered last year, according to the Spanish Confederation of Worker Cooperatives (COCETA). Those enterprises present rare figures in the Spanish business world. They are companies that create stable employment by definition. According to figures from the Ministry of Employment, over 80% are worker-owned with permanent and full-time contracts, while in other companies about 90% of contracts are temporary. Read more.


Italian government launches the reform of the third sector : important role assigned to social cooperatives as drivers of growth and employment

“It is with great satisfaction and pride that we welcome Prime Minister Renzi’s decision to assign social cooperatives and social enterprises the role of being the actors most capable of creating both growth and employment. We would like to see the proposal regarding Universal Civil Service for 100,000 young people to be activated as soon as possible. Youth unemployment constitutes an emergency in the present day. We should remember that one in every three young people employed in civil service in one of our social cooperatives is then employed by the cooperative in question.” These were the comments made by Giuseppe Guerini, President of Federsolidarietà-Federsolidarietà, the largest Italian Federation of Social Cooperatives, in response to the Guidelines for the reform of the third sector announced by the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Read more.

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