The ICA Statement on cooperative identity
To find out more about the International Cooperative Association’s ‘Statement of Identity’ follow this link.
Sources of help for setting-up co-ops
Those seeking help with setting-up or joining specific types of self-help enterprise are recommended to search the internet for your national associations using the type of enterprise that is of interest to you. For example, cooperatives (or co-operatives), credit unions, friendly societies, building societies, mutual insurers, supporters’ trusts, etc. Search also, using the activities and the types of co-ops, such as agricultural/ farmers, consumers, workers, housing, banks, community, transport, artists.
For those living in the United Kingdom contact follow the links Co-operatives UK
or for community enterprises contact the Plunkett Foundation.
Capacity building and training for co-ops
The International Labour Organization (ILO) provides capacity building and training services that enable cooperatives and other self-help enterprises to become more competitive and sustainable in the marketplace - follow this link
The Book - Enterprises that Change Lives
All the approaches outlined on the website are detailed in my latest book for full details - follow this link