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

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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476. The Jardins of Desjardins

Tomatoes on the roof, ferns on the walls… The Desjardins Group, Canada’s leading cooperative financial group and the fifth largest in the world, is taking the principle of sustainability to heart and introducing ground-breaking environmental initiatives at all levels – literally. The roof of a bank might be one of the last places you’d expect […]

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440. Finnish Cooperative Banks Shape Their Own Destiny

Cooperative banks are hugely important in Finland, with a combined market share of over one-third, one of the highest in Europe. The cooperative banking sector in the country was shaken up in the 1990s, when a minority of banks split from the central cooperative banking group, OP Group. They formed their own competing cooperative banking […]

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376. In the Time of the Cooperative: One Large Credit Union on One Small Island

The Dominican Republic occupies half a Caribbean island— 48,442—square kilometers, and is home to 10 million people. Everyone in the Dominican knows everyone else and word of mouth goes a long way. For 61 years people have been talking about Cooperativa San José, Inc. They have also been entrusting their money to the credit union. […]

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332. How to TIP friendly into cooperatives

Not long ago, Chuck Gould, ICA Director-General, told a co-operative symposium in Jamaica: “We need a more balanced and a more sustainable economic model and the co-operative model is a sustainable part of that solution.” One member of that very audience has been doing much to prove that the co-operative model is the way forward […]