216. Inter-cooperation: Going Beyond Reconstruction in Haiti

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Coop Name: Desjardins Group N° of Employees: 45,219
City: Lévis N° of Members: 5800000
Country: Canada Year of formation: 1900
Website: http://www.desjardins.com Twitter: Link
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With more than 6 million members and clients, Desjardins Group is the largest cooperative financial group in Canada. As an International Co-operative Alliance member, Desjardins shares the same ideals as thousands of cooperatives around the world. These ideals are expressed through a set of values that defined the cooperative identity since the very start. For more than 40 years, its component Développement international Desjardins (DID) has been working with developing and emerging countries towards the goal of sharing the expertise and experience of Desjardins and helping local communities set up their own financial cooperative networks. DID’s goal is to provide disadvantaged communities around the world with access to secure, diversified financial services that fit their needs. Find stories from Desjardin Group and DID below.

Two Desjardins Group professionals, Valérie Racine, Strategic Advisor, People and Culture and Dimitri Souléliac, Senior Advisor, IT Security Governance, discuss their experience in Haiti. They travelled there in 2011 to carry out specialized support mandates with the Le Levier federation of financial cooperatives, a partner of DID since 1995. Their contribution was a follow-up to the fundraising campaign undertaken by Desjardins Group the day after the earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, and was intended to put Desjardins experts at the service of the Le Levier federation. The video also features Jacques Dignard, Senior Vice-President, People and Culture, Desjardins Group. To learn more about Desjardins inter-cooperation in Haiti, go to www.did.qc.ca/EN/haiti-intercooperation.

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France Michaud
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