CO-OPERATIVES & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Transformation towards a sustainable society, economy and natural environment is an urgent, global need. From runaway climate change to ecological overshoot to rising global inequality and corporate concentration - few would deny human and ecological systems are under severe stress.
We know that co-operatives have a role to play in ushering in this new era.
As values-based businesses that address structural determinants of health and well being for members and local communities, co-operatives are well suited to take action on the SDGs. Our International Centre for Co-operative Management (
ICCM) is committed to co-operative education, research and knowledge dissemination on the role of co-operatives and the SDGs.
NEW JOURNAL ARTICLE ON CO-OPERATIVES AND SDGs
Karen Miner and Sonja Novkovic co-authored "Power in Purpose: Co-operatives and the Sustainable Development Goals" (2019) which was recently published in the Co-operative Business Journal. Miner and Novkovic argue that the SDGs are a framework to reinvigorate the co-operative difference; as a call to action and a lens through which impact can be understood, implemented and measured. A digital version of the journal should be available soon here.
NCBA-CLUSA's 2019 CO-OP IMPACT CONFERENCE: EXPERT PANEL
Miner and Novkovic contributed to an Expert Panel on Co-operatives and the SDGs as part of NCBA-CLUSA's 3rd annual Co-operative IMPACT Conference (October 2-4). They were joined by Carla Decker (DC Credit Union) and Martin Lowery (NRECA). The conference drew nearly 400 participants from a diverse cross section of co-operative executives, financiers, researchers, policy makers, community and city leaders committed to deepening and growing the co-operative sector for a new economy.
Karen Miner, Sonja Novkovic, Carla Decker and Martin Lowery at Expert Panel on Co-ops and SDGs
CANADA CREDIT UNION DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION: JUNE 7-12th, 2020, HALIFAX, NS
We host an international leadership program for credit union professionals focused on sharing and deepening credit union knowledge and practice, and elevating the model to create positive impact for members and communities. The program focuses on synergies between the co-operative model and the SDGs, and how to operationalize the goals in credit unions as a differentiator for CUs.
CanadaDE will be offered in June, 2020 in Halifax, NS at Saint Mary's University. Registration is now open!
Register before December 1, 2019 for an early bird discount *