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Green Economy and Worker Cooperatives

19 January 2015 [ English ] français ]

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.

This link between cooperatives and the green economy is represented in sectors such as agriculture; sustainable tourism; energy; waste management; environmental education; sustainable construction and management of forests and natural areas. Worker cooperatives are already developing those activities effectively and efficiently, contribuiting an added value.

In this regard, the cooperative business model has emerged as a key actor to develop each of the aspects that defines the green economy. It is positioned as vital for the economic development of entrepreneurial reality and the creation of stable employment in the communities. Worker cooperatives, their organizational structure, their values and orientation towars the territory, are an ideal model for the development of activities linked to the so-called green economy activities because they emphasize the use of local resources in the area, the study concludes.

Watch the documentary (in Spanish) containing concrete cooperative experiences here

Download the report here