With a theme of 'co-operative enterprises build a better world' the UN International Year of Co-operatives brought co-operatives across the globe together to campaign with one global voice on our social responsible business model.

An important legacy outcome of the International year will be the formation of a business council for co-operative and mutual businesses, an important building block to grow the sector beyond 2012. To find out more about the formation of the council, please email iyc@socialbusiness.coop.

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) has produced a Blueprint for the Co-operative Decade to help co-operatives globally to become the fastest growing model of enterprise by 2020.

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IYC 2012
What is the International Year of Co-operatives 2012?
On 18 December 2009, the United Nations proclaimed 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives. The UN recognises that the co-operative business model is a major factor in realising economic and social development.
What is a Co-op?
What is a Co-op?
Co-operatives are people-centred business structures that harness the power of people coming together to solve a shared need. A co-operative exists to serve its members, but what makes co-ops unique is that the members are also the owners.
Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman, Maggie Beer, Joyce Clague MBE, Peter Russell Clarke and Bob Debus AM are supporters of the 2012 United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.
National Steering Committee
National Steering Committee
Meet the members of the Australian IYC 2012 National Steering Committee and the IYC 2012 Reference Group members.




Bob Debus AM, Patron
Bob Debus AM, Patron IYC 2012
"People are looking for institutions they can trust. However [co-ops] strength is not only financial, it is ethical. Co-operatives are social businesses."

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