A blueprint for supporting more British businesses to become employee-owned

The British Government wants to help boost the size of the ownership sector, by ensuring employee ownership.The Government has approved plans for a range of activity that will help to grow the number of businesses that become or convert to the employee ownership model. The plans include assessing whether to establish an independent Institute for Employee Ownership, an ‘off the shelf’ model for setting up an employee owned business, work to examine the guidance on tax issues relating to employee ownership, a guide for staff and employers to request and agree an employee ownership. An action plan for Government and … Continue reading





More support for employee ownership in Europe in 2013

Both European Commission and Parliament will bring more support for employee ownership in 2013. The European budget was voted by the European Parliament, including a budget heading for a pilot project for the setting up of a Center for Employee Ownership in each Member State, to deliver information, education and promotion of adequate legislation. In addition, the European Commission announced its Action Plan to modernize European company law and corporate governance, including measures on employee share ownership. Read the Commission plan   





SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT FORUM (CORDOBA, Spain)

December 21, 2012 the University of Cordoba (UCO) and IDEAS organized the First Forum on Sustainable Procurement under the project “Universities Fair Trade” with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation development (AECID). The UCO is committed to responsible consumption and developed interesting experiences in the inclusion of sustainability criteria in contracts for services and supplies. It is necessary for them to direct dialogue with the business members of the province. This forum is a meeting between the University and companies that will be analyzed, in a participatory manner and considering the views of all interested parties, the … Continue reading





Cross-Canada social enterprises are put foward

Quebec Premier a supporter of social economy- The new Premier, Pauline Marois, has announced the intention to present enabling legislation on the social economy in the current parliamentary session. This enabling legislation will strengthen the recognition of the social economy and legislate certain government commitments to work in partnership with networks representing stakeholders, to develop an action plan on a regular basis, to assure that all government ministries and agencies recognize and support its development in their field of intervention, and that progress reports be made to the National Assembly. Eleven recommendations for social enterprises in British Colombia In British … Continue reading





Benoît Hamon plan to facilitate the takeover of companies by employees in his bill

On the occasion of the 35th National Congress of SCOP, cooperative and participatory societies, which was held at the Parc des Expositions Marseille on 15 and 16 November, Benoît Hamon, Minister for Social and Solidarity Economy (ESS) revealed the key measures in the future Bill on Social and Solidarity Economy, which will be presented during the first half of 2013. The bill aims to impose, when companies are looking for a buyer, “a preferential right to recovery by employees.” Clearly, it would be an obligation to inform employees on how recovery Scop. It would be imposed in the event of … Continue reading





Small Business Administration Recognizes Worker Cooperatives as Small Businesses. United States

Six worker cooperatives in New England have been the first to benefit from a new policy of the Small Business Administration to recognize worker cooperatives as small businesses. The Cooperative Fund of New England (CFNE), which helped to lobby for the award, received part of a $1 million dollar award last fall to provide low cost loans to worker cooperatives. This groundbreaking activity represents the first time the SBA recognized worker co-ops as eligible small businesses for SBA resources. This decision by the SBA has the potential not only to open the door for worker co-ops to access low-cost financing … Continue reading





The French and Quebec governments sign a declaration of intent for cooperation in favour of the social and solidarity economy.

On October 8th, the Quebec and French governments signed a declaration of intent on cooperation between the two countries in favour of the social and solidarity economy. Quebec and France will encourage exchanges between the two countries in addition to promoting public policies that promote the development of the social and solidarity economy. By acknowledging these common intentions, the governments of Quebec and French confirmed their recognition of the role of the social and solidarity economy in achieving efficient, fair and sustainable economic development. The prime minister of Quebec, Pauline Marois, indicated her willingness during the election campaign in the … Continue reading





A new legal framework for Moroccan cooperatives

The quick expansion of cooperatives in Morroco has led the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance to propose a new legal framework to restate the role of cooperatives in the economy.  This project of law is crucial because it revises a number of legal regulations of Moroccan cooperatives. According to the Ministry of General Affairs and Governance, the new law proposes to reorganize cooperatives according to a new vision, which will allow them to achieve their objectives, maximize their profitability, and encourage them to become more structured and competitive. Their goal is to make of the cooperative sector a sector … Continue reading





CO-OP ASSOCIATIONS CALL ON Canadian GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

Canada’s co-operative movement has called on the federal government to implement the recommendations of the Special Committee on Co-operatives, which tabled its report in the House of Commons on September 17. The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and the Conseil canadien de la coopération et de la mutualité (CCCM) say they were generally pleased with the report’s recommendations and the committee’s recognition of the important role co-operatives play in the Canadian economy. In the committee’s news release announcing the report, committee chair said: “The sheer number and size of Canadian co-operatives make their impact on the economy indisputable. Co-operatives have proven … Continue reading





New laws for co-operatives in Brazil and Cuba

Two countries in the Americas region have passed legislation to allow co-operatives to prosper without restrictions. Cuba has set aside USD100 million to help fund co-operatives, while Brazil has passed a law to support the growth of worker co-operatives. The Cuban pilot programme, announced in the country’s parliament by economy minister Marino Murillo, will cover 222 co-operatives. Currently the country is dominated by agricultural co-operatives, but this programme will allow non-agricultural co-ops to exist and loosen restrictions on basic services and increase productivity. Restrictions on the formation of co-operatives will be lessened and allow the start up of co-ops from … Continue reading