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493. What do people know about co-operatives?

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Country: Belgium
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Cooperatives Europe took to the streets of Brussels to find out if and what do people of the EU quarter know about cooperatives! We even met MEPs Maria Joao Rodrogues & Isabella Adinolfi! This is the first video of the 3 part series. To find out more about us, visit https://coopseurope.coop/ Music Bensound – Rumble […]

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491. CONSUMER SOCIETY OPENS UP OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY

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Coop Name: OCEAN - Center of Public Provision N° of Employees: 25
City: Kostroma N° of Members: 4000
Country: Russia Year of formation: 2016
Website: http://po-ocean.ru
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Consumer society OCEAN was established in 2016 by a group of likeminded people with previous experience in DIY (do it yourself) sector as a local social center for Kostroma region. It provides possibilities for co-operative members to exchange shares (goods, commodity and etc.) without money.

Consumer society OCEAN was established in 2016 by a group of likeminded people with previous experience in DIY (do it yourself) sector as a local social center for Kostroma region. It provides possibilities for co-operative members to exchange shares (goods, commodity and etc.) without money. This key principle addresses crucial social concerns and gives the […]

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487. Coops “In The Village”: the Power of Cooperation between Cooperatives

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Coop Name: Coop Israel N° of Employees: 1300
City: Jerusalem N° of Members: 15000
Country: Israel Year of formation: 1939
Website: http://www.israel.coop
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COOP Israel is the leading consumer cooperative in Israel, operating the third largest food chain in the country. The cooperative was founded in Jerusalem in 1939. In 1942, COOP began operating neighborhood grocery stores, forming the historic basis of the chain. It has since expanded its activities over the years, absorbing various smaller brands and consolidating its position as a leading retail group nationwide. COOP Israel has 15,000 active members and 1,300 employees all over the country. As of today, COOP Israel operates over 210 points of sale through 3 cross-country sub-chains:

  • COOP Shop– A Chain of 42 neighborhood grocery stores.
  • COOP Shop in the Village– Over 160 groceries and stores in rural areas (constantly expanding).
  • COOP Shop Extra– 7 discount grocery stores located at the outskirts of the cities.
COOP Israel is constantly growing, opening new stores, operating an advanced logistics center, regional distribution centers and a fleet of trucks for self-distribution. New members are joining the cooperative society as the chain endeavors to lower costs in residential neighborhoods and the Periphery, while maintaining a qualitative shopping experience. Coop Israel is an active member of the ICA and recent addition to Cooperatives Europe. Our CEO, Mr. Ofer Feinstein, sits on the EuroCoop Board of Directors. Coop Israel is, now more than ever, fully committed to participating in the Global Movement, and constantly exploring areas for collaboration with other Cooperatives. We are always keen to exchange information, particularly on Cooperative Governance, Best Practices, legislative frameworks, IT and Retail. We are convinced that within the cooperative movement, there is great potential for business cooperation, in areas such as parallel import, joint purchase of equipment and IT innovation. Our IT Department is at the cutting-edge of Business Management Software development, and we are on the lookout for potential partners for our customizable Cloud ERP Software service.

In 2013, Coop Israel and the Communitarian Cooperatives (Moshavim – Residential Collectives that organize the life of their resident-members according to the cooperative ethos) signed a ground-breaking framework agreement on retail services in the Periphery. By providing quality consumer goods at affordable prices, this agreement empowers small businesses outside urban areas with the buying force […]

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486. Working together for a cooperative future

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Coop Name: CECOP-CICOPA Europe – The European Confederation of cooperatives and worker-owned enterprises in industry and services N° of Employees: 6
City: Brussels N° of Members: 29
Country: Belgium Year of formation: 1979
Website: http://www.cecop.coop Twitter: Link
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CECOP – CICOPA Europe is the European Confederation of Worker Cooperatives, Social Cooperatives and Social and Participative Enterprises. It groups national organisations in 16 countries which in turn affiliate over 50.000 cooperative and participative enterprises in industry and services, the vast majority being SMEs, and employing 1.4 million workers across Europe. Most of them are characterised by the fact that the employees in their majority are member-owners, while some of them are second-degree enterprises for SMEs. Furthermore, around 4.000 of those enterprises are specialised in the reintegration of disadvantaged and marginalised workers (disabled, long-term unemployed, ex-prisoners, addicts, etc).

In this video 9 worker and social cooperatives worldwide tell their story. Produced in a collaborative manner by CICOPA, the international organisation of Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producer’s Cooperatives and its regional organizations in Europe and Mercosur: CECOP-CICOPA Europe and CICOPA Mercosur , with the help of Cooperar, the Cooperative confederation of the Argentinian Republic, […]

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485. Organic Food Co-op Going Solar with Innovative Nonprofit

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The Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco is an oasis. Nestled along the Pacific Ocean is this relaxing surfer town, with a tranquil neighborhood feel that’s unique in the city. For 40 years, a worker-owned cooperative grocery store called Other Avenues has been serving the Outer Sunset community with local, organic foods and sustainable lifestyle […]

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