(CAPE TOWN, South Africa) – Michael Beall, president and CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), announced today four winners of the 2013 dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence before thousands of cooperators gathered at the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) Global Conference & General Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa.
Each year the dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence recognizes outstanding co-ops for their application of the cooperative values and principles to drive cooperative and business success.
“The recognition of these exceptional cooperative businesses is a testament to the power of the movement and how the model’s differences can be harnessed and utilized to positively impact communities globally,” said Beall.
Please join NCBA CLUSA in congratulating the 2013 dotCoop Global Awards for Cooperative Excellence winners!
Award Winners By Category
- Large Cooperative: Coop Zeno Gandía is a credit union with headquarters in Arecibo, Puerto Rico with more than 35,000 members. They offer a wide range of products and services to serve a diverse and growing market with a human touch that distinguishes them from other financial institutions. Providing cutting-edge technology allows their members to use Internet and mobile services for many functions and connects this dynamic financial cooperative to the youth of their community.
- Medium Cooperative: The First Alternative Cooperative is a retail food cooperative located in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States. It provides natural and organic food in community-oriented stores to its more than 7,000 members. Visit their website to find out about classes, recipes, buying local and wellness. Clearly a business focused on member and community needs.
- Small Cooperative: Cooperativa Orientación y Securidad C.T.A. is a worker cooperative that provides monitoring, private security and investigations for hospitals and is based in Bogota, Colombia. They have a great website that explains cooperatives and how they and their members are connected to their communities and other cooperatives across Colombia.
- Cooperative Organization: The Canadian Co-operative Association based in Ottawa, Ontario, is this year’s organization winner. The CCA is a national association for co-operatives in Canada, representing more than nine million co-operative and credit union members from over 2,000 organizations. CCA is itself a federally-incorporated co-operative, owned by its member organizations. The Canadian Co-operative Association provides leadership to promote, develop and unite co-operatives and credit unions for the benefit of people in Canada and around the world.