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Teachers Mutual Bank has strengthened its significant commitment to sustainability by purchasing an electric car for its HQ fleet use. Read more

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US Legislators are set to support growth of US Co-ops with the introduction of ‘Creating Jobs Through Cooperatives Act of 2013’. Read more

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July 29: The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals was launched by The Hon Bruce Billson MP, at the RACV Club, Melbourne. Read more |

Australian agricultural co-operatives recently hosted a Chinese trade and resear
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Australian agricultural co-operatives recently hosted a Chinese trade and research delegation. Read the BCCM summary

Co-operatives in Australia
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Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast has released a free downloadable co-operatives manual, Co-operatives in Australia

Building a Better Australia - the IYC 2012 Year Book.
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Building a Better Australia – the IYC 2012 Commemorative Year Book – can be purchased through The Co-op


2012 was the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in recognition of the important contribution of co-operatives worldwide to social and economic development. Whilst the International Year has now come to an end, the amazing work of co-operatives continues across Australia and the globe – join us in celebrating our achievements and increasing public awareness of our socially responsible business model.

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Hugh Jackman, actor and supporter of IYC 2012

" give people the practical means to change their lives for the better. Co-ops are a hand up not a hand out, restoring people's dignity by giving them the economic model to improve their lives. To really lift someone out of poverty you have to give them a sustainable solution - co-operatives are that sustainable solution. In 2012, I hope everyone comes to better understand the transforming power of co-operatives all over the world including Australia."

"Over the years, I have seen the birth of many co-operatives. We choose the co-o

"Over the years, I have seen the birth of many co-operatives. We choose the co-operative structure because we want to have an equal say, we want to share the responsibility and we want to work together to improve our living conditions and our life chances. Our greatest benefit is that we are a co-operative, we are working together for a better future for ourselves and our children."

Iconic TV chef and co-ops champion, Peter Russell-Clarke

"Co-operatives ensure common-wealth, which is what Australia seems to have lost track of at this point in time. But because a lot of profit made from human effort is vanishing out of the local community where it is generated, we are becoming acutely aware that we need to join hands and protect each other by striving together to the benefit of our neighbours as well as our own family. We need to co-operate with each other - Bravo the co-operatives amongst you."

Maggie Beer, 2010 Senior Australian of the Year and Supporter of IYC 2012

"My passion for using fresh seasonal and local produce is equalled by my passion for my local, cooperative store a place that connects customers, who are members, with the local producers in our district. I want to shop where I know the store cares as much about our local community and promoting the best Australian products and services as it does about making a profit. Community focused, ethical and sustainable that's the cooperative difference."

Bob Debus AM, Patron IYC 2012

"The co-operative model is of the most obvious significance to a world looking for alternative ways of doing business. People are looking for institutions they can trust. However their strength is not only financial, it is ethical. Co-operatives are social businesses. They do not explain their commitment to social responsibility in vague statements of intent. Their values and principles are at the heart of what they actually do."





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