Paul Flowers

In 2009 the UK organisation The Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) merged with Britannia Building Society. This was the first merger possible under a new UK law (the Butterfill Act) of two distinct mutual organisations. During the recent ICMIF Conference Paul Flowers, Chair of the Co-operative Banking Group (CBG - the new name for the merged organisation) reflected on the merger and the...

During the recent launch of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives 2012 (IYC 2012), the worldwide co-operative movement also launched a new development fund – the Global Development Co-operative (GDC) - to help provide much needed finance to cooperatives in developing countries.

The Global Development Co-operative (GDC) aims to raise USD 50m to provide access to low cost...

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:

Mutual and cooperative insurers tend to be long-lived: Voice regularly carries news of 100 year anniversary celebrations of member organisations. But surely no other ICMIF member can rival the astonishing...