Co-operative research and publications

International Co-operative Alliance and International Labour Organization launch survey on co-operatives and women’s empowerment

International Co-operative Alliance and International Labour Organization launch survey on co-operatives and women’s empowerment

Twenty years after the Fourth World Conference on Women (held in Beijing) it is necessary to discover to what extent and in what areas co-operatives have succeeded in providing opportunities for women, and where there is room for improvement. Please take a few minutes of your time to answer this survey in the spirit of co-operation. Read more

Call for papers - ICA-ILO International Research Conference: Co-operatives and the World of Work

Call for papers - ICA-ILO International Research Conference: Co-operatives and the World of Work

Practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in the co-operative and social and solidarity economy are invited to submit abstracts on topics related to co-operatives and the world of work. Proposals for presentations or for panels (up to six participants) and sessions (three or four presenters of research papers on a common theme) are welcome. Read more

ILO looks at the potential of co-operative enterprises in empowering migrant domestic workers

ILO looks at the potential of co-operative enterprises in empowering migrant domestic workers

The contribution of co-operatives to the world of work is becoming an increasingly researched topic among academics from across the world. This month the ILO is also organising a conference in Jordan, Amman, where experts and academics will examine the level of formal organisation of migrant domestic workers in Arab States. Read more

"Co-operatives in a Post Growth Era: Creating Co-operative Economics" examines co-ops and "new economy"

"Co-operatives in a Post Growth Era: Creating Co-operative Economics" examines co-ops and "new economy"

"Creating Co-operative Economics" focuses on the concept of “new economy” and the role co-operatives could play in it. The book includes contributions from speakers at the Imagine 2012 conference, touching upon prosperity and sustainability, co-operatives as viable business forms, employee ownership, innovation and resilience. Read more

Alliance updates

Interview: Dame Pauline Green talks about the Global Conference in Antalya, Turkey

Interview: Dame Pauline Green talks about the Global Conference in Antalya, Turkey

In a series of interviews with well known co-operators throughout 2015, we look at the key topics inside the Alliance’s 2015 conference, and explore what the conference theme "Towards 2020” means to them and their businesses or organisations. Dame Pauline Green, Alliance President, shares her views on future co-operative challenges and opportunities. Read more

Co-operatives are building an online identity by using the co-operative Marque and .coop domain

Co-operatives are building an online identity by using the co-operative Marque and .coop domain

Co-operatives from across the world are adopting the co-operative marque and the .coop domain as part of their online identity. Co-ops from 88 countries have signed up to use the marque so far, the latest being the National Co-operative Union of Bangladesh (Bangladesh Jatiya Samabaya Union-BJSU). Read more

Small Business Act for Europe: Co-operatives contribute to a stronger EU SME policy

Small Business Act for Europe: Co-operatives contribute to a stronger EU SME policy

Cooperatives Europe welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to present a Small Business Act for Europe for the period 2015-2020. Since the launch of the SBA in 2008, Cooperatives Europe has been supporting the adoption and implementation of a strong European policy for SMEs. The members of Cooperatives Europe are largely SMEs, who could benefit from stronger EU SME policies. Read more

Co-operatives of the Americas adopts Declaration of Cartagena

Co-operatives of the Americas adopts Declaration of Cartagena

One of the main barriers faced by co-operatives in the Americas is increasing awareness over their social and economic impact. To address this, co-operators signing the declaration committed to strengthen economic networks as well as to lead research projects that look at the socio and economic impact of co-operatives. Read more

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