Write an essay in celebration of the UN International Year of Co-operatives
Due date March 15 th 2012
Write an appropriate essay outlining the theme “Encouraging entrepreneurship through cooperatives”
1. Co-operatives are successful values based businesses owned by their members. The largest 300 co-operatives around the world have a turnover (annual revenues) of USD 1.6 trillion, equal to the GDP of the world’s 10th largest economy.
2. The UN has declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives (IYC). The ICA is the Apex organization for co-operatives and represents 1 billion members in almost 100 countries. 2012 provides the ICA with the opportunity to raise awareness of co-operatives and position them as a serious business model. To this end the ICA wishes to commission a poster to promote and celebrate the Year which will be unveiled at the ICA Launch of the International Year in Cancun, Mexico, in November 2011. The poster will be made available for purchase.