Solar energy and the opportunity for co-operatives

May 23rd, 2019|

Over one billion people worldwide have no access to electricity while less than 10% of energy usage globally is being generated from renewable sources. Both figures are highly alarming, writes Cooperative Business NZ CEO, Craig Presland. Despite the quest globally to develop and utilize renewable energy, we still have almost 90% generated by the burning of fossil fuels (33% by oil, 30% by coal and 24% by natural gas).

How are co-operatives responding to the world of work challenges?

May 16th, 2019|

The theme of this year’s International Day of Co-operatives (6th July) is COOPS 4 DECENT WORK. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) is shouting out the message that co-ops are people-centred enterprises characterised by democratic control that prioritise human development and social justice within the workplace.

The strength of the co-op business model

May 8th, 2019|

In recent weeks I have been reading various debates in the media about the cooperative business model and, in particular, capital raising. This is essentially about the inherent tension between investment in operations and market development on the one hand and competitive payments to the shareholder suppliers on the other. A lot of the debate seems to involve our dairy industry.

Co-ops on a global scale

April 17th, 2019|

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.