Help us celebrate International Day of Co-operatives on 7 July
On 7 July 2018, cooperators around the world will celebrate the International Day of Co-operatives. Through the slogan ‘Sustainable societies through co-operation’ we will show how, thanks to our values, principles and governance structures, co-operatives have sustainability and resilience at their core, with concern for community as the seventh of their guiding principles. The International Co-operative Alliance is encouraging its members to use the hashtag #CoopsDay and the Co-operators guide www.coopsday.coop to publicise co-operative action. So please help us to spread the word by tweeting your examples of ‘Sustainable societies through co-operation’ using the hashtag #CoopsDay.
Published 26 Jun 2018
Commenting on the International Day of Co-operatives on 7 July President of the International Cooperative Alliance, Ariel Guarco, said “We represent 1.2 billion cooperative members. There is no other economic, social and political movement in the world that in less than 200 years has probably grown as much as we have. But growth is not the most important thing. We consume, produce and use the resources that the planet gives us but in solidarity with the environment and with our communities. That is why we are a key partner for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
Sustainable societies are ones that reflect the environmental, social and economic limits to growth.
By their very nature, cooperatives play a triple role in achieving them:
● As economic actors they create opportunities for jobs, livelihoods and income generation
● As people-centered enterprises with social goals they contribute to social equity and justice
● As democratic institutions, they are controlled by their members, playing a leading role in
society and local communities.