Since 1844, cooperative enterprise been guided by the principles established by the Rochdale Pioneers in the North of England. Well, yes—but not quite. In founding their co-op, the Pioneers were building on many experiments that came before them. And while their model spread rapidly, it was not until 1937 that the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) distilled their rules into a set of formal guidelines for a diverse, cross-sector movement serving communities around the world.
Updated over time in response to changing social, political and economic conditions, these principles were last updated in 1995. During this webinar, the National Farmers Union will discuss the evolution of the cooperative identity, how co-ops have worked to be responsive to the needs of their time, and how these values and principles will be at the center of the 33rd World Cooperative Congress coming up in December.
Join Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of the Neighboring Food Co-op Association and former Chair of NCBA CLUSA’s Board of Directors, and special guest Martin Lowery, U.S. Representative to the Board of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and Executive Vice President, Emeritus, of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), on Tuesday, June 22 at 2 pm EDT for this important conversation.