Cooperative values and participative management are assets that appeal to new generations willing to give a meaning to their working lives. According to a study by CG Scop, the French Confederation of cooperatives in production and services, cooperatives in these sectors are managed by 420 young leaders under 35 years, 15.5% against 11.3% for traditional businesses. Read more.
The North American daily newspaper The New York Times has published a thorough article on business transfer to employees. It deeply analyses the story of the Editoriale Zanardi, an artisanal printing company located in Northern Italy and transformed into a worker cooperative in 2014. The news reflects how cooperatives can save jobs and know-how, showing the resilience of those enterprises in Europe. Read more.
FestCoop, the International Cooperative Film Festival started out as a way of bringing together people’s experiences working for cooperatives in the social and solidarity economy online, through audiovisual media. Colombia will be the first country to host the event in 2016. In June a dedicated channel will be launched online, along with further information about participating. Read more.
On 28 February 2015 in Rome, at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the re-establishment of CECOP Italian member organization Confcooperative in 1945 after the fall of Fascism, 7000 Confcooperative members had an audience with Pope Francis. Read more.
Today Cooproute, the European Route of Cooperative Culture, has been presented in Brussels, the capital of the continent where the cooperative movement was born in 1844, near Manchester. As a key sector of the European economy which easily connects European citizens, tourism represents a very effective sector to enhance the European heritage. “Meeting tourists, cooperatives can easily transmit their culture and values, which play a key role in building the European society. Supporting Cooproute is an opportunity we offer to enrich our citizens through the diversity which the cooperative culture represents”, Luca Dal Pozzo, president of CECOP, said. In the same sense, Silvia Draghi from the Tourism Policy Unit at the European Commission underlines that cooperative values have become European values”. Read more.
The largest industrial cooperative group in the world, Mondragon Corporation, is starting a large-scale debate involving its 120 cooperative enterprises. Over the next two years there’ll be an internal debate as to how cooperatives can remain autonomous and self-managed at the same time as introducing tighter control of solidarity funding. Read more.
The transitional worker cooperative is an initiative introduced under The Social and Solidarity Economy French Bill, which came into force in July 2014. Its aim is to help business acquisitions that fall under the worker cooperative umbrella, and to provide a new tool for employees undertaking a company takeover. Read more.
Cooperatives and social enterprises from several European countries and representatives from the European Union will met for the fourth time in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to participate in the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This event combining a fair, conferences and workshops is co-organised by CECOP and the National Union of Worker and Production Cooperatives of Bulgaria. Read more.
Tourism is one of the largest socioeconomic activities in Europe. Given its potential, it should develop its capacity to generate benefits for the whole society in fields such as employment, sustainable wealth generation, culture, environment etc. What’s the added value of cooperatives involved in tourist activities in terms of local development? How do they promote the European cultural and industrial heritage? Read more.
A report recently published by the Andalusian Federation of Worker Cooperatives (FAECTA) in Spain provide evidence that the green economy offers new business opportunities and job creation for worker cooperatives in this region, including sustainable tourism. The study reflects that the philosophy behind the green economy (equitable distribution of wealth, equity and economic justice; intergenerational equity; sustainable production and consumption; redefinition of welfare; gender equality, etc.) matches with the cooperative DNA, especially in rural areas. Read more.
The November-December issue of the E-magazine Work Together featuring news of cooperatives within Industry and Services worldwide is out! The brand new campaign "Social needs, cooperative answers" on how cooperatives provide community services, the main inputs of the III Cooperative Summit of the Americas, the re-establishment of the social economy intergroup at the European Parliament, an analyse on migrant domestic workers in the Middle East and much more! Read more.