International Co-operative Day 2014

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Today marks the 92nd International Co-operative Day, originally created by the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in 1922 and adopted by the United Nations in 1994. A cooperative is an association that has been democratically founded and owned by individuals or groups who voluntarily work together for their mutual socio-economic benefit. According to the International Co-operative Alliance, “concern for the community is one of the co-operative movement’s founding values,” and therefore this year’s holiday theme is “Co-operative enterprises achieve sustainable development for all.” The ICA wishes to raise awareness of the global progress that can be made through cooperatives, and promote cooperatives as leaders of economic, environmental, and social sustainability.

To learn more about the International Co-operative Day, and about ICA, visit their website or read a summary of the holiday from the UN.

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