Featured Story

424. CLARITY The Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative

The Cooperative Law and Regulation Initiative (CLARITY) was established in 2005 by members of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The chief goal of CLARITY is to provide support to cooperative movements in developing economies as they analyse and change their legal and regulatory […]

Featured Story

414. Supporting Quebec’’s Strong Cooperative Society

Did you know that over a third of all the maple syrup consumed in the world is marketed by cooperatives in Quebec? The Canadian province is a hotspot for cooperatives, with a remarkably developed cooperative sector, both in terms of numbers and diversity. Cooperatives play leading roles in industries like financial services, insurance, agriculture, food, […]

Featured Story

412. People serving people

A cooperative of people serving people for the growth of local communities. These words sum up the mission of the Studio e Progetto 2 cooperative. Founded in 1992, the cooperative celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012, and it has always followed a path of steady growth, while allowing members and employees to learn, specialize and […]

Featured Story

407. Another type of banking

A bank whose operations are as wide-ranging as those of Bank Rakyat can afford to change the way it does business. In 2003, 49 years after its foundation, Malaysia’s Bank Rakyat, one of Asia’s largest co-operative banks, embraced an operating system based on Shariah (Islamic legal) principles. Since then Bank Rakyat has been able to further extend its operations to the Malaysian islands of Sabah and Sarawak. Bank Rakyat is driven by […]

Featured Story

308. Homes for all in Ireland

In the 1960s and ’70s in Ireland, growing numbers of young couples sought access to affordable home-ownership. Inspired by the success of the credit union movement, which took off in Ireland in the 1950s, young people began to look towards the co-operative model to help fulfill their housing needs. Small, self-help co-operatives began to be […]