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The co-operative difference is a great story and one we’re delighted to share.
Here, we’ve assembled a “Best of” collection of short videos from across the co-operative world for your information.
Film trailer, co-ops thriving in Ontario, Canada in what has been a silent transformation
Co-ops, take ownership (USA, Jane):
What is a co-op (UK):
Seven principles (USA, electricity):
A new economy trailer:
Did you know that at least 12% of all people on earth is a co-operator with at least one of the world’s 3,000,000 co-operatives? That includes one in every three Kiwis. The sheer scale of the global co-operative movement is awesome with co-ops employing one in ten workers – that’s 280,000,000 people. And, as the World Co-operative Monitor confirmed, the world’s top 300 co-ops and mutuals reported annual turnover of more than US$2,100,000,000,000.
Endurance is at the heart of cooperatives globally, this trait also being very evident here in NZ, writes Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive, Craig Presland.
Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern has praised the initiatives taken by the New Zealand co-operative sector to help meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
The theme of this year’s International Day of Cooperatives is COOPS 4 DECENT WORK. The International Cooperative Alliance is shouting out the message that co-ops are people-centred enterprises characterized by democratic control that prioritise human development and social justice within the workplace. On 6 July, join us as we celebrate a future in which human development and social justice are priorities. Through #CoopsDay, local, national and global policy-makers, civil-society organisations and the public in general can learn how co-operatives contribute to a decent working environment.
In this comprehensive report, Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland outlines how co-operatives are pivotal to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) by 2030. He concludes by sharing three recommendations to sustain the positive momentum.
Foodstuffs North Island and South Island are two outstanding co-operatives within the NZ Co-op Family, writes Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland. Foodstuffs New Zealand has recently issued its Looking After Our Patch Social Responsibility Snapshot that outlines a programme that is wide-reaching and aims to fulfil the co-operatives’ responsibilities to their teams, the wider New Zealand community and environment.
Economic, environmental and social sustainability is at the core of the co-operative business model while having a sustainable co-operative is one of three core platforms for Fonterra’s strategy, writes Cooperative Business NZ CEO Craig Presland.
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