October 20, 2018

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2012: The International Year of the Cooperative

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The U.N. General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of the Cooperative. For example, did you know that:

  • One billion people are members of cooperatives?

  • The 300 largest cooperatives have sales totaling more than $1 trillion per year?

  • Cooperative enterprises employ 100 million people worldwide, 20 percent more than multinational enterprises?

According to many, co-ops are not only here to stay, they might just be the next big thing. CSRwire honors the International Year of the Cooperative, with a monthly series highlighting developments in the cooperative movement. This series covers the cooperative movement’s challenges and successes and explores how “Cooperative Capitalism” might provide solutions to the failings of business-as-usual.

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