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Mr Iain MacDonald: Empowering the co-operative movement through advocacy education


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Mr Iain MacDonald, Former Director-General, ICA and Former Councillor Strathclyde Regional Council Scotland at the International Co-operative Alliance Global Conference in Cape Town, November 2013.

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Mr Iain MacDonald: Empowering the co-operative movement through advocacy education

  1. 1. Building Knowledge Iain Macdonald November 3, 2013 Capetown 1
  2. 2. Cooperative movement: an economic giant but a political mouse?…. How can we change that?
  3. 3. Top 10 Co-operative and mutual organizations in the World Co-operative Monitor 1. Zenkyoren Japan 2. Zen-Noh Japan 3. Edeka Zentrale Germany 4. State Farm Group USA 5. Nippon Life Japan 6. ReWe Group Germany 7. ACDLEC - E.Leclerc France 8. Groupe Crédit Agricole France 9. Kaiser Permanente USA 10. Meiji Yasuda Life Japan
  4. 4. What is a Co-operative?   Definition A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
  5. 5. Bienvenue à la Fédération Nationale du Crédit Agricole!
  6. 6. Co-operative Facts     In Colombia, health co-operatives are the country’s second largest employer In Denmark, consumer co-operatives in 2007 held 36.4% of consumer retail market. In Japan, the agricultural co-operatives report outputs of USD 90 billion with 91% of all Japanese farmers in membership. The United Nations estimated in 1994 that the livelihood of nearly 3 billion people, or half of the world’s population, was made secure by co-operative enterprise.
  7. 7. Co-operative Facts     236 million Indians are members of cooperatives. In New Zealand, 22% of the gross domestic product (GDP) is generated by co-operative enterprise In Norway out of a population of 4.8 million people, 2 million are members of co-operatives. Co-operatives in Kenya contribute more than 50% to the country’s GDP
  8. 8. ..and all of them adhere to these Values and Principles!  Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
  9. 9. Principles 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Voluntary and Open Membership Democratic Member Control, Member Economic Participation Autonomy and Independence Education, Training and Information Co-operation among Co-operatives Concern for Community
  10. 10. From a governmental perspective
  11. 11. Cross Party Group on Cooperatives The Scottish Parliament
  12. 12. Should our values such as democracy prevail in business or should dictatorship continue? Which do you prefer?
  13. 13. Johnston Birchall and Lou Hammond-Ketillson
  15. 15. Co-operation in practice
  16. 16. There is but one mode by which man can possess in perpetuity all the happiness which his nature is capable of enjoying – that is by the union and co-operation of all for the benefit of each Robert Owen
  17. 17. Dr. Iain MacDonald International Cooperative Consultant Former Director General, International Cooperative Alliance