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Co-ops on a global scale

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.

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The International Cooperative Alliance, of which Cooperative Business NZ is a member, has produced five videos in a series called Around The World. Featuring co-operatives in Italy, Morocco and Rwanda, while these are vastly different countries and local economies, the seven Rochdale Principles remain the same: Voluntary and Open Membership, Democratic Member Control, Member Economic Participation, Autonomy and Independence, Continuing Co-op Education, Co-operation Among Co-ops, and Concern for Communities. The videos show co-operatives providing hope, peace and stability for those in need with jobs, shelter, food and education. As co-operatives, they give back to their local communities. As people, they work together within a business model that has sustainability and endurance at its core.

Balu Iyer presents at 2019 Leaders’ Forum

Balu Iyer, Director General Asia Pacific - International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), was a special guest presenter at our Co-operative Business Leaders’ Forum held at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre on 26 February 2019.

News from the Asia-Pacific

INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE UPDATE

As members of the International Cooperative Alliance, Cooperative Business NZ is part of ICA’s growing Asia-Pacific (AP) region – and our colleagues at ICA-AP wish all Kiwi co-ops and mutuals a happy and prosperous 2020. The greeting card above captures the diversity of both the ICA-AP team and the region with many countries and cultures represented. What pulls us together is our common purpose – advancing the people-centred model of business – co-operatives!

The ICA-AP team wishes you Happy Holidays and a Prosperous 2020!  Our holiday card captures the diversity we have in the office – years with ICA-AP, gender, age, regions. This diversity is also reflected in the Asia-Pacific region – members, culture, history, approach. What pulls us together is the common cause – advancement of people-centered model of business – cooperatives!

The highlight of the year was ICA President Ariel Guarco’s visit to eight countries in the region – China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam! At the end of his visit, President Guarco said, “In Asia, the cooperative movement has very diverse organizations. We have large enterprises that compete in the market with very powerful capitalist companies; others with small productive units meet the needs at local level. There is a clear commitment to sustainable development and comprehension that integration among cooperatives, within each country, in each region and worldwide, is what makes us a key tool to meet the objectives set by the United Nations to build a more just, solidary and peaceful world.” A first-person account of Mr. Guarco’s visit can be found at: http://ica-ap.coop/icanews/travels-ica-president-20-balu-iyer-regional-director-ica-ap

The Second Asia-Pacific Registrar’s Forum was held in partnership with the Vietnam Cooperative Alliance and the Institute for Organic Agricultural Economics and supported by the ICA-EU Partnership on Cooperatives in Development (#Coops4Dev). The Forum on Creating Enabling Legal Framework and Policies to Promote Sustainable Development of Cooperatives in the 21stCentury, was organized to focus on the challenges relating to food security, nature of work and employment, financial inclusion, economic growth, gender equality & equity, climate change, and freedom of association.

The  ICA-Asia and Pacific  region has 107 members from 32 countries. During the year, we were joined by the Uralungal Labour Contract Coop Society Ltd., India; the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Kiribati; the International Solidarity of Korea Cooperatives, Rep. of Korea; the Department of Coop Business, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Fiji; theTirumalla Tirupati Multipurpose Cooperative Credit Society Limited, India; the Metro South Cooperative Bank, Philippines; and the 1 Cooperative Insurance System of the Philippines Life and General Insurance, Philippines.

The ICA-AP office and members increased their engagement with Africa in 2019. The first Cooperative Development Conference for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries was held in Morocco to foster partnerships and enhance collective action on SDGs. The ICA-AP Committee on Educational Institutions (ICEI) organized a workshop during the ICA Kigali conference to share knowledge and technical know-how among ICA members in Africa and other stakeholders about cooperatives in educational institutions (universities, colleges, and high schools). Members from Africa participated in the ICAO General Assembly in Korea, the  International Agricultural Produce and Agricultural Input Trade Fair and Seminar in China and the SDG-13 Climate Action capacity building program in Thailand.

The ICA-AP Research Committee organized the 14th Research Conference in collaboration with the University of Newcastle in Australia. During the conference, the 2019 Dr. Mauritz Bonow Award for Young Researchers was awarded to Heira Hardiyanti for her paper on Worker Cooperatives in Indonesia and to Jihyun Jeong for her paper on Fair Trade in Korea. The Trade and Business Committee organized a seminar in Johor Bahru on Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth in conjunction with the Malaysia Carnival of Cooperatives’ Products and Minister Services exhibition. The ICEI organized a seminar on curriculum development in Kathmandu in conjunction with its annual meeting. The Committee on Women with support from the Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union organized an international workshop on “Enhancing Gender Equality in Cooperative Business” with the National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI) in New Delhi and a Training of Trainers on Management Capacity Building of Women and Gender Integration in Cooperative Development with theNational Cooperative Council of Sri Lanka in Colombo. The Youth Committee organized the second edition of Go Green campaign and the second Global Youth Cooperative Webinar on ‘Transforming Education’ to highlight initiatives in making education inclusive and accessible for youth. The Consumer Committee in addition to its regular training programs organized a workshop on ‘Social Contribution of Consumer Cooperatives in Asia-Pacific with iCOOP Korea.

During the year with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Government of Japan training courses were organized on “Fostering Core Leaders of Agricultural Cooperatives”, “Empowering Women in Business and Management of Agricultural Cooperatives”, and “Fostering Coordinators to Build Food Value Chains”. In addition, a follow-up guidance and survey of ex-participants to assess the impact of training was organized in Thailand and Mongolia. The Malaysia Business Office (MBO), JCCU and ANGKASA jointly organized a seminar on “SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth in Kuala Lumpur. The ACFSMC organized the following programs during the year –  training program on development and practices of Agricultural Cooperatives’ Services and seminar on business promotion among cooperatives.  The 17th edition of the NACF Joint workshop on cooperative systems was held in Seoul  to help the development of agricultural cooperatives in the Asia Pacific region.

The ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development People Centered Businesses in Action Project in its fourth year was active on a number of fronts. All the events and activities were to address the Project’s three strategic priorities – Sustainable Development Goals, Youth Inclusion and Work and Ownership. The team organized the first capacity building program on SDG13 – Climate Action on the theme ‘Save the Environment to Sustain Future Generations’ with the Cooperative League of Thailand in Bangkok; the Second Forum on Development of Cooperatives in the Pacific Islands at the University of Newcastle in Australia which was  attended by members and representatives from Fiji, Kiribati, Australia and New Zealand; national workshop for women’s cooperatives with the Gujarat Self Employed Women’s Association in Ahmedabad; and the Young Development Professionals meeting in New Delhi. The Global Cooperative Entrepreneur project to identify youth entrepreneurs in India, Indonesia and Malaysia culminated with the training for Ambassadors in Kozhikode, India. Coopathon 2.0, was organized with NCUI and Coop Mic with Mr. Rajiv Khandelwal, Executive Director of Aajeevika Bureau, India. On the research front, two reports were released, one on the ‘Autonomy and Independence of Cooperatives in India’ and the other ‘Cooperatives in Industrial and Service Sectors in the Asia and Pacific Region.’ As part of the global thematic research on youth, the country level reports for India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea and Philippines were completed as were the legal framework analysis of 17 countries. The mapping reports for Iran and Philippines are available on the #coops4dev website. The Aroundtheworld.coop video series covered the Bhabishya Nirman Sana Kishan cooperative in Nepal, the School Cooperative MRSM Kepala Batas Berhad in Malaysia and the Boomalli Artists Cooperative in Australia.

We mourn the passing of Dr. Jaya Arunachalam, Founder of the Working Women’s Forum (WWF) and the Indian Cooperative Network for Women (ICNW); Mr. Stephen Sallun, Registrar Office of Cooperative Societies, Papua New Guinea; and Mr. R.B. Rajaguru, Regional Director of ICA-AP from 1977 to 1986.

We are thankful to our MBO sponsoring organizations – ACFSMC, China; Angkasa, Malaysia; JCCU, Japan; and NACF, Korea. We continue to receive generous support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Government of Japan to foster leadership and develop cooperatives in the Asia Pacific region. The ICA-EU Partnership on Co-operatives in Development People Centered Businesses in Action is helping strengthen capacity of federation, increase advocacy, and improve visibility of co-operatives as development actors. During the year, the regional office entered into an agreement with Aflatoun; took part in the India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF) organized by the National Cooperative Development Corporation; and expanded relations with the Asian Farmers Association; the Insitute of Rural Management, Anand; the Smallholder and Agri-SME Finance and Investment Network.

The ICA-AP Regional Office was formed on November 14, 1960 and begins its 60th year of uniting, promoting and developing cooperatives in Asia-Pacific!  We look forward to your continued support in 2020 and the decade ahead! Attached to this report is the list of activities planned in 2020. Please feel free to reach out to us in case you are interested in participating in any of the activities. We will also be happy to organize an activity with your organization based on mutual interest. The significant events in 2020 are the Global Youth Forum in February in Malaysia; the ICA Congress and ICA-AP Regional Assembly in December in Korea. We look forward to seeing you there!

ICA-AP Activity Plan for 2020

Global co-op movement meets in Rwanda

Co-operative News reports that the Global Conference of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Cooperatives for Development, is under way in Kigali, Rwanda. An estimated 1,000 representatives from 94 countries will explore how the movement can help to drive sustainable development. READ MORE

Co-operatives and mutuals are a truly international success story and you can keep track of how they’re doing online.

UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015 the United Nations signed off on 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be met by 2030 in order to ensure a more sustainable planet economically, environmentally and socially. It is widely recognized that the co-operative business model, and scale of the co-op sector globally with 3 million co-ops now employing almost 10% of the world’s employed population, is the most closely aligned and best placed to support the UN in reaching these goals.

The UN’s Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) seeks to provide leadership and catalyse action in promoting and co-ordinating implementation of internationally agreed development goals, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other mandates, it hosts the secretariat for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the central platform within the United Nations system for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by Heads of State and Governments in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is a new plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, with 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets at its core (please click on each goal to see these targets as well as progress that has been made against each since Sept 2015).

Here is the link to the sustainable development knowledge platform:  Sustainable Development

NZ’s Co-operatives, Collaboration and Support for the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Transforming Our World: The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and How NZ Co-ops Can Help

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ICA_logoThe International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) provides a comprehensive website featuring a host of useful information, news and events.

coop_news_logoCo-operative News is a UK-based online channel dedicated to profiling the news and views of the international co-operative community. It featured Kiwi co-ops in its February article New Zealand’s co-operative sector continues to grow.

There are several websites published by national co-operative associations and others which you may find interesting:

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United States of America(USA) ncba_logo USA
Australia bccm_logo Australia
Canada cca_logo Canada
Netherlands Dutch Cooperative Association in Tax Planning Netherlands
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Co-operative education

Member-based enterprises: The spotlight on financial services co-operatives

Professor Dr Hans Groeneveld

Professor Dr
Hans Groeneveld

Prof. dr. Hans Groeneveld is (distinguished) Professor of Cooperative Financial Services at a leading Dutch university and also Associate Director Cooperative & Control at Rabobank in the Netherlands.

He delivered the attached address at the 2015 ICA Global Assembly in Turkey, impressing delegates from around the world.

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20150213 HG Webversion Inaugural Publication.pdf


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