In 1844 a group of 28 artisans working in the cotton mills in the town of Rochdale, in the north of England, established the first modern co-operative business, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society. In doing so, these Rochdale Pioneers laid the foundations of the co-operative movement and our enduring business model.
Co-operative business model best placed to drive local wealth creation and retention, reduce poverty and inequalities
Too many people in New Zealand are facing rising poverty, inequality and financial insecurity. The powerful few are getting wealthier and the cost of people struggling is rising rapidly as the gap between the wealthy and poor grows. Why?
Environmental and economic sustainability dominateEnvironmental and economic sustainability shared the agenda at our second annual Co-operative Business NZ Leaders’ Forum in late February at Auckland’s Fonterra Centre. In his keynote address, cabinet minister Hon. David Parker (pictured) - whose portfolios include economic development, trade and export growth, and the environment - told an audience of almost 100 Members that the economy was a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.
Co-founder of Cooperative Business NZ in 1982, Brian Cameron received the Outstanding Contribution Award at our AGM & Awards Dinner held at Auckland last August. The Ashburton octogenarian also co-founded what’s now Irrigation NZ in 1978.
New Zealand was represented at the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) AGM and General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month by our Chief Executive Craig Presland. In this article, Craig reports how the four-day forum provided greater insight into this global organization, recent global trends and opportunities, and what role we can play here in NZ in terms of supporting the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
More than 1,800 co-operators met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the International Co-operative Alliance’s (ICA) Global Conference and General Assembly (14- 17 November) – including Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland.