The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. The theme, “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” highlights the fact that cooperatives benefit their communities through socio-economic development, leading to poverty reduction, employment generation, and social integration.
The UN has three major goals for International Year of Cooperatives:
- Increase awareness of cooperatives and their benefits
- Promote growth of cooperatives
- Encourage governments to establish appropriate laws and regulation to assist with growth
The following video by the National Cooperative Business Association illustrates the impact co-ops have on both communities and individuals:
The year’s activities primarily focus on information sharing. At SMCU, we are dedicated to educating our members and communities on the importance of co-ops and partnering with fellow cooperatives to help them do the same. The more we work together to increase awareness of co-ops and the benefits we bring, the more we can give back to our communities.
Learn more about International Year of Cooperatives and how you can spread the word here.