By Robert Briscoe
Co-operatives, owned and regulated by means of the folk who use their prone, characterize a appreciably diverse approach of working the companies of the realm, a technique that's enticing the energetic dedication and creativity of increasingly more humans world-wide. This publication explores the co-operative method of doing company throughout a large spectrum of actions and desires, starting from simple wishes for nutrients, water, housing, finance, jobs, wellbeing and fitness care and transportation, to wishes for pleasing relaxation actions, and the advance of bright communities. Read more...
content material: disguise; identify; Copyright; Editors & participants; advent: a greater means of Doing company; One: From the Cradle to Retirement & Beyond!; : What Co-ops have in universal; 3: Feeding Ourselves I : purchaser Co-ops & nutrition; 4: Feeding Ourselves II : Farmers' Co-ops & nutrients; 5: Feeding Ourselves III : Worker-Owned Co-ops & meals; Six: Financing Ourselves; Seven: Serving Ourselves; 8: constructing Ourselves; 9: operating for Ourselves; Ten: the best way Forward?; Appendix: A dialogue of Co-operative rules, up-to-date via the foreign Co-operative Alliance, 1995.
summary: Co-operatives, owned and regulated by means of the folk who use their providers, characterize a notably various method of operating the companies of the realm, a technique that's attractive the lively dedication and creativity of a growing number of humans world-wide. This publication explores the co-operative method of doing company throughout a large spectrum of actions and wishes, starting from easy wishes for nutrition, water, housing, finance, jobs, well-being care and transportation, to wishes for enjoyable rest actions, and the improvement of brilliant groups
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The following examples illustrate the difference between the conventional approach and the US approach to addressing the needs and problems of developing countries. The conventional approach In November 2002, when Ethiopia was facing its worst drought in decades, Nestlé, one of the world’s largest food companies was pressing its claim against the Ethiopian government for US$6 million, as compensation for assets seized by the Stalinist regime that had ruled Ethiopia in the 1970s. Oxfam got hold of the story, which was made public in the Guardian newspaper.
3). 3: THE SEIKATSU CLUB CONSUMER CO-OPERATIVE UNION (SCCU) The SCCU is an association of 22 Japanese consumer co-operatives with a total of 250,000 members, most of them women. It also operates eight wholly-owned companies, including a milk processing plant and serves 140,000 Han consumer groups. On behalf of its member co-ops, SCCU develops, purchases, distributes and controls the quality of a wide range of food and other consumer goods. Because the Han groups pre-order their supplies, SCCU can plan its purchases and control inventory costs.
The effectiveness of a co-op depends on the extent to which it uses the US approach for meeting its member needs. A management consultant in Australia makes a living from challenging the thinking of successful credit unions. When a credit union has reached the stage where it seems almost indistinguishable from a bank, he is brought in to goad them into thinking from an US perspective. The process is a powerful method for revitalising a complacent organisation and making it more responsive to the changing needs of its members.