New research reports on co-operatives

I wasn’t able to get to the international Co-op Summit in Québec this year, but I have been following what’s been happening over there over the past few days with interest. Usefully, the Summit organisers (the financial co-operative Desjardins) have commissioned a number of studies and reports which have been launched during the event.  One of these is the latest edition of the co-operative equivalent of the Fortune 500 list, the World Co-operative Monitor which is becoming a very valuable annual publication.

My eye has also been drawn to the research findings on public perceptions of co-ops and a study on the effect of the new financial regulatory regime on financial co-ops.  The studies are all helpfully together on one web site,

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  1. Thanks, good links and the findings in the World Coop Monitor are interesting. Coops find ways on capital.

    I was at at Summit and speaking on capital. One positive addition to what you describe is an initiative developed by Peter Hunt at Mutuo to approach larger global co-ops to invest in a fund for investing in co-ops and mutuals worldwide. This is a good venture and surely in the right space.

    Second, was the characterisation below of the Chair of the session, Arnold Kuipers of Rabobank.

    Ways of raising capital by cooperatives
    * Retaining profits instead of distribution to members
    * Capital from other cooperatives, respecting existing governance
    * Raising capital with third parties, without voting rights
    * Raising capital with third parties with minority voting rights
    * Raising capital with third parties, no limitation to voting rights

    The lower you go, the more the availability of capital, but at the same time the more the member control will become under pressure. His question to each of us was… how far you do think a cooperative could possibly go. Where would you draw the line?

    The responses varied from the third to the fifth, which was an indication of the need for debate – and clarity.


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