|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|
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.
Développement international Desjardins’ (DID) collaboration with the Haitian financial cooperatives began in 1995. Over the years, these cooperatives have increased their professionalism, introduced technological innovations to meet the needs expressed by their members, designed financial products that facilitate access to basic education and more recently, in 2007, set up the Le Levier federation. Following the January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Le Levier federation of Haitian financial cooperatives became a key player in rebuilding Haiti. Desjardins Group then reaffirmed its intercooperation values towards its Haitian partners by organizing a major fundraising campaign among its current and retired directors and employees in order to support DID and the Le Levier federation in their reconstruction efforts.