IYC 2012

With less than seven weeks to go before the 2012 Québec International Summit of Cooperatives, marking the International Year of Cooperatives, Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), shared her thoughts on the Summit. Here are some highlights with the full interview available for download below.

What is the ICA and what are its main purposes?

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The need for Australia to have representation of cooperative and mutual businesses at a national level was a key topic discussed by cooperative business leaders recently when ICA President Dame Pauline Green toured the country in February.

It is hoped that the formation of a business council for cooperative and mutual businesses will take place by the end of this year. Greg Wall, CEO of...

To coincide with International Women’s Day, celebrated both annually and globally on 8 March, the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) asked ICMIF for help in producing a video celebrating this important day.  In the video Dame Pauline Green, the first female President of the ICA, reflects on the history and development of the cooperative sector and speaks the inspiring work that women’s...

The Global Development Co-operative (GDC) was launched on October 31, 2011 and over the course of 2012 (the International Year of Cooperatives) it aims to raise 50m USD to provide access to low cost loans for capital and infrastructure projects. The fund will seek to identify and engage with investors with an interest in both international development and extending the reach and benefits of...

ICMIF’s Regional Association for the Americas (ICMIF/Americas) will celebrate its 20th Annual Conference at the NH City and Tower Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina from November 14-16, 2012. Hosted by the Argentine Association of Cooperative and Mutual Insurers, this two and a half day event will bring together over 150 delegates from ICMIF members from over 20 countries throughout the Americas...

Voice is ICMIF’s quarterly magazine, containing stories and news embracing the sector as well as in-depth interviews with chief executives.

From this issue:

On October 17, 2011, Tan Suee Chieh announced that NTUC Income was going orange. His aim over the next four years is to lead his staff at Singapore based member, NTUC Income, in an ‘Orange Revolution’. The ...

On Thursday 12 January, countries around the world held events to celebrate the launch of the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC 2012).

Live web casts from Ecuador, Portugal, Canada and the UK maximised the opportunity for people to feel involved in these significant occasions.

In the UK a debate with the title “Can co-operation rebuild British business?" was hosted by The...

There are positives and negatives to both stockholder and mutual/cooperative insurers in terms of structure. Our current times, however, lend themselves ideally to the cooperative and mutual ethos with many people feeling like they “want to be there for their neighbour” said Matt Mosher, Senior Vice President of Ratings at A.M. Best, during the recent ICMIF Biennial Conference in October. “...

During the recent General Assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance, in November in Cancún, Mexico, and in front of over 2500 delegates, La Equidad Seguros was awarded the Global Award for Cooperative Excellence in the large cooperative category (cooperatives with more than US$50 million in revenue or assets). La Equidad Seguros is an ICMIF member based in Columbia.

The Global...

The United Nations (UN) has invited Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), and Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, one of the ICMIF members based in Canada, to be part of an advisory group for the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) taking place in 2012.

The role of the UN advisory group will be to...

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