New voice for co-operatives and mutuals
12 August 2013
After nearly three years of industry consultation, the major legacy goal of the 2012 International Year of Co-operatives, the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals, is a reality with the official launch of the new body at the RACV Club in Melbourne on 29 July. The Council brings together the entire, diverse range of member and customer owned businesses to champion a campaign and policy agenda to raise awareness of the significance of co-operative and mutual businesses in the national economy.
Public services research: The roles for co-operatives and mutuals in delivering 21st century public services
10 August 2013
What can co-ops and mutuals bring to the table to help society to solve its “wicked problems”*? Research by the Tomorrow’s Agenda Research Institute commissioned by The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals in association with bankmecu will investigate the added value these models bring in terms of end-user accountability, stakeholder engagement that delivers real choice and control, proven commercial success in a democratic framework, and open and transparent governance structures.
Chinese-Australian co-operative links forged in ag-sector
10 August 2013
Australian agricultural co-operatives recently hosted a Chinese trade and research delegation under the Australia-China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) aimed at strengthening bilateral co-operation and opening up trade and research links between the two countries.
Global image for co-operative movement set to take shape
A co-operative design practice is set to build on the momentum of the International Year of Co-operatives by creating a global visual identity for the co-operative brand.
Global Co-operative Brand Survey
22 April 2013
ICA would like your help in realising the ICA's Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade by participating in a short survey on key messages and a visual identity for the global co-operative movement. The ICA Board has decided that there was such strong acceptance of the logo for the International Year of Co-operatives that we should develop a subsequent image for co-operatives around the world to use at least through the Co-operative Decade.
Sun powers workers co-op
22 April 2013
Australia's first worker-owned green manufacturing plant celebrated the installation of its first solar hot water system and held a press conference on Monday, 22 April at Kildonan Uniting Care in Coburg Victoria, to discuss this progressive approach to jobs saving and building the new generation of green technologies manufacturing.
Carbon income initiative
1 April 2013
A new approach to landholder-driven carbon-based income is on the table: the Australian Carbon Co-operative. The initiative of ecologist Johannes Bauer, the co-operative takes a fresh approach to generating carbon from private land, and also to the way landholders profit from carbon.
New co-ops provide exciting prospects
17 April 2013
The formation of three new co-operatives suggests the renaissance of the co-operative is here.