Co-operative sustainability

“By placing human need at their centre,
co-operatives respond to respond to today's crises of sustainability and deliver a distinctive form of shareholder value”

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for a Co-operative Decade

Co-operatives have always endeavoured to enable people to have access to goods and services without exploitation – to realise their needs and aspirations. This has led co-operatives to pursue a convergence between economic, social, and environmental interests – building triple bottom line sustainability.

Co-operative sustainability in action

The Alliance is pursuing a variety of initiatives which facilitate the achievement of the Blueprint goals:

  • The Sustainability Scan takes a deeper look into the relationship between co-operatives and sustainability concluding that co-operatives have sustainability in their DNA. Read about how co-operatives around the globe are living up to their commitment to sustainability!
  • The thought leadership paper on Co-operative Growth for the 21st Century aims to respond to the flagrant inadequacies of GDP to measure growth in a meaningful. The paper explores a co-operative perspective on the growth vs. de-growth debate and makes concrete recommendations on how co-operatives might better capture their full impact.
  • The Sustainability Advisory Group is guiding the Alliance in the assessment and potential development of concrete tools and measurements building on the results and recommendations of the Scan and Growth paper.
  • The Alliance is playing a crucial role in informing how the United Nations Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda will achieve its Goals. In close partnership with its members, UN agencies, and other like-minded actors, the Alliance is advancing co-operatives as a ‘means of implementation’ – an ideal tool and vehicle – by which to secure the achievement of sustainable development.
  • Stay tuned! We are exploring ways by which the Alliance can strengthen its role in facilitating co-operative-to-co-operative trade.

Other initiatives on co-operatives and sustainability

Corporate Knights is a watchdog of corporate behaviour. Over the years, they have found that co-operatives lead – and excel by significant margins – in the achievement of sustainable business practices. Check out their rankings!

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