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04 Jul 2015

Worker and social cooperatives fostering equality by putting solidarity and democracy in the workplace

Position paper

According to the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, income inequality has reached record highs. The richest 10% of the population in the OECD now earn 9.6 times the income of the poorest...

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01 Jul 2015

First global report on industrial and service cooperatives

Position paper

The first global biannual report on industrial and service cooperatives (2013-2014) is out. Published by CICOPA, the international organization of worker, social and producers' cooperatives active in industry and services b...

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23 Jun 2015

3,000 jobs created in worker cooperatives in France

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In 2014, 2,800 jobs were created, including 1,940 in new worker cooperatives in France, according to the latest figures from the French confederation of worker cooperatives CG Scop. "We are very pleased with the results in...

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19 Jun 2015

More than 1,000 cooperators celebrate 30 years of social cooperatives in Italy

Position paper

Federsolidarietà – Confcooperative, the largest Italian Federation of ‪‎social cooperatives‬ is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first assembly of social ‪cooperatives‬ in 1985. On 18 and 19 June, around...

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28 May 2015

The cooperative view of the Expo Milano kick starts with the stories of workers' buyouts in Europe

Position paper

What if the company closes? Workers can become entrepreneurs themselves and the company can indeed be reborn. The first of 17 events (from May until October 2015) of the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives, Confcooperative ne...

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25 May 2015

How can worker cooperatives inspire Croatian economy?

Position paper

The economic transition in Croatia in the 1990’s from state to market economy, following the collapse of Yugoslavia, has led enterprises trough complex privatization processes. For many of them this process hasn’t b...

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14 May 2015

The Spanish social cooperative La Fageda winner of the 2015 Employment for All awards

Position paper

The winners of the 2015 Emloyment for All awards organized by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) are the social cooperative La Fageda from Spain for their work in facilitating qu...

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01 May 2015

Ownership at the workplace: at least 11 million people are worker-members of their cooperative

Position paper

On the International ‪‎Workers' Day‬, CECOP and CICOPA, the International organization of worker and social cooperatives active in industry, services and crafts, wish to stress how the democratic participation and contr...

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28 Apr 2015

On air : the European Young Cooperators Network has been officially launched

Position paper

The European Young Cooperators Network has been officially launched in the framework of Cooperatives Europe General Assembly in Paris on 23 April. The day before, 70 people from 10 different countries across Europe, representin...

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15 Apr 2015

More young leaders in worker and social cooperatives than in conventional enterprises in France

Position paper

Cooperative values and participative management are assets that appeal to new generations willing to give a meaning to their working lives. According to a study by CG Scop, the French Confederation of cooperatives in production...

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13 Apr 2015

The New York Times dedicates an article to workers' buyouts in Europe

Position paper

The North American daily newspaper The New York Times has published a thorough article on business transfer to employees. It deeply analyses the story of the Editoriale Zanardi, an artisanal printing company located in Northern...

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01 Apr 2015

More than 30,000 visitors attended the Fourth European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

Position paper

The fourth successive Forum on Social Entrepreneurship took place from 26 to 29 March 2015 covering an international fair involving more than 100 social enterprises from Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Belgium, Italy and Spain, a Fa...

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26 Mar 2015

26-29/03 - IV European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

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11 Mar 2015

Spreading the cooperative word through audiovisual media: the first edition of Festcoop

Position paper

FestCoop, the International Cooperative Film Festival started out as a way of bringing together people's experiences working for cooperatives in the social and solidarity economy online, through audiovisual media. Colombia...

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02 Mar 2015

Pope Francis receives Confcooperative representatives and underlines the importance of cooperatives

Position paper

On 28 February 2015 in Rome, at the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the re-establishment of CECOP Italian member organization Confcooperative in 1945 after the fall of Fascism, 7000 Confcooperative members had an audience w...

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24 Feb 2015

24/02 - "How to promote sustainable tourism experiences through the European Route of Cooperative Culture"

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24 Feb 2015

Cooproute, building European heritage

Position paper

Today Cooproute, the European Route of Cooperative Culture, has been presented in Brussels, the capital of the continent where the cooperative movement was born in 1844, near Manchester. As a key sector of the European economy...

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16 Feb 2015

The Mondragon Corporation of the future: the democratic debate begins

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The largest industrial cooperative group in the world, Mondragon Corporation, is starting a large-scale debate involving its 120 cooperative enterprises. Over the next two years there'll be an internal debate as to how coop...

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09 Feb 2015

Transitional worker cooperatives: a new tool for employees involved in company buyouts

Position paper

The transitional worker cooperative is an initiative introduced under The Social and Solidarity Economy French Bill, which came into force in July 2014. Its aim is to help business acquisitions that fall under the worker cooper...

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02 Feb 2015

Fourth European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship to be held from 26th until 29th March 2015, in Bulgaria

Position paper

Cooperatives and social enterprises from several European countries and representatives from the European Union will met for the fourth time in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to participate in the European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship....

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