An approach based on passive touristic consumption and the unsustainable exploitation of many destinations has showed its limits and negative effects. As a consequence, a growing range of more responsible and sustainable experiences are being offered to tourists including, for instance, the promotion of local industrial and cultural heritage. Several cooperatives all around Europe are offering a sustainable and innovative tourism experience, while spreading their values and business model based on democracy and solidarity. To compile and spread all those realities, the new interactive guide of Cooproute, the European route of cooperative culture, has been launched today. Read more.
CECOP together with the Social Platform, ENSIE, Eurodiaconia and REVES are holding a side event at the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP), entitled ‘Social Economy Enterprises and public procurement: a win-win combination for social inclusion!‘ on November 20 from 15:00 to 17:30, at The Egg, Brussels. Read more.
The Emilia- Romagna Region is hosting on 29th October the worldwide launching of the new on-line guide of the European Route of Cooperative Culture in Bologna. This event will lead to a debate on the potential of the itinerary with a number of local stakeholders, concrete cooperative experiences being part of the route will participate. Read more.
From October 5 to 9, the 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec City, Canada brought together 3,000 participants from 93 countries. Worker and social cooperatives were broadly represented both in institutional terms and with concrete examples from all around the globe. A gathering for worker cooperators was held on October 6th, and CICOPA’s Secretary General, Bruno Roelants, was a panelist at five sessions, including the presentation of a worldwide report and the final round table. Read more.
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 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.
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, 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.