Published by: INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATIVE ALLIANCE
Date of Publication: Jan 2013
After the Global Financial Crises thought leaders around the world began looking for a better, sustainable business model.
The International Co-opertive Alliance (ICA) stepped up to raise the profile of co-operatives in the world as a solution to a lot of issues:
The ICA set about the ambitious target of having the co-operative the fastest growing form of business organisation by 2020. Namely the end of the co-operative decade.
To do this there were 5 key drivers nominated:
“2020 Challenge,” aims to position the cooperative form of business as the world’s leading model for economic, social, and environmental sustainability by the end of the decade.
The ambitious plan in this Blueprint - the “2020 Vision” - is for the co-operative form of business by 2020 to become:
To build on resilience demonstrated by the co-operative movement since the great financial collapse (GFC).
Co-operatives already make a significant contribution towards alleviating these pressing global problems. But, with appropriate support and greater understanding and recognition, they could contribute much more. Major priorities are to make far more people aware of the co-operative form of enterprise, to provide people with the tools and back-up to establish, fund and develop sustainable co-operatives, and to remove barriers that get in their way.
Hence the purpose of this document is to set out a proposed Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, and provide a clear direction for the coming years. The challenge now is for the ICA, national bodies, sector groups, co-operative societies and individual members to take this Blueprint forward into implementation.
Summary of the Blueprint Strategy
The starting point for the strategy for a global co-operative future is the powerful claim which co-operatives make to the outside world: that they have a way of doing business which is both better, and brings a more effective balance to the global economy than the dominance of one single model as now.
The aim is to elevate participation within membership and governance to a new level.
Blueprint strategy, which can be illustrated as follows:
To pursue the 2020 Vision, the Blueprint strategy involves concentrating on these 5 critical interlinked themes, and establishing implementation strategies in relation to each of them.
To see the full Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, click here
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