The Suid Bokkeveld has a harsh climate, baking in the summer but with frequent winter frosts and droughts. Yet the gentle rains and acidic soils make it a favoured environment for Aspalathus linearis, commonly known as rooibos or red bush. The plant is used to make a herbal tea, long popular in Southern Africa and […]
The Heiveld produces organic and fair-trade rooibos tea grown and processed in the traditional way with minimal use of machinery and harvested carefully by hand. The Rooibos is grown and processed in the traditional way with minimal use of machinery and is harvested carefully by hand. Our mission is to produce and market the finest […]
The West Belconnen Health Co-op is an affordable medical and health centre in the Australian Capital Territory that is owned by its patients. The Co-op has 4 sites with 10 bulk-billing doctors, a nurse practitioner, practice nurses and psychologists, as well as space for community organisations to offer programs and services. The Co-op was started […]
Much media attention has been drawn to the problem of blood diamonds, but what about blood gold? The gold mining industry is often highly exploitative and unregulated, plagued by issues like child labour and hellish working conditions and causing enormous environmental damage because of the mercury and cyanide used in the extraction process, not to […]
Cotapata is a gold mining cooperative in Bolivia’s Cotapata National Park area. It was the worlds first mining organization to receive Fairtrade and Fairmined certification.
A local chemist has a clear picture of a community’s health needs. In 2004, Brian Frith, the chemist in Charnwood, on Canberras northern fringe, compared notes with the organiser of the Neighbourhood Watch group, Roger Nicoll, and with Michael Pilbrow, the chair of his primary schools Parents and Citizens Committee. All three were concerned that […]
Kathy Bardswick, CEO of The Co-operators, discusses what investor-owned companies could learn from co-ops in the Hamilton Spectator: https://www.thespec.com/opinion/columns/article/777184–the-value-of-long-term-thinking. To learn more about The Co-operators, view their Stories.coop stories.
Co-ops are not an alternative. They’re a better model. Period. It’s this shift in argument from presenting co-ops as an alternative from our current system to a better model within our communities that Peter Couchman says can help take co-operatives to the next level. Mr. Couchman is the CEO of the Plunkett Foundation, a national […]
Four co-operatives presented a $50,000 cheque to Red Deers Sunnybrook Farm Museum Aug. 7 to build a mercantile store telling the story of Central Albertas co-operative movement. Spearheaded by Larry Parks, general manager of Red Deer Co-op, the mercantile store is an International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) legacy project for Red Deers co-operatives Servus […]
It used to be that a public company provided the critical service of maintaining water and sewage facilities for the people of Monteria, Columbia. However, when the company faced liquidation, several former employees recognized a crucial need in their community. They banded together to make sure the water and sewage network and systems did not […]