The cooperative ethos

The cooperative ethos
N°2011

SOS Faim and its partners did not need there to be an “international year”1 in honour of cooperatives for them to adopt this mode of organising their economic activities, which ensures women and men sufficient income to live and to participate in the development of their community. Although in our northern countries, public limited companies dominate the headlines, the production of coffee, peanuts, rice, cocoa, as well as allocating funds and encouraging savings and so on are all successful revenue generating activities, which increasingly make use of the cooperative model around the world, both in the South and the North. With its human and social concerns, the cooperative form of organising economic activity is akin to that of an association. Cooperatives are, in fact, organisations whose statutes allow each member to participate in setting goals, how these are implemented and, finally, how profits are distributed. The cooperative is an economic organisation in its own right, whose strength is to incorporate a shared project, both in its constitution and its management.

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