With today’s technology and communications, the idea of the "global village" has become a reality. But the more integrated and connected we are, the more interdependent we are as well. Economic, financial, security and climate risks are now shared by everyone.
Even though we are surrounded by change, there is one constant: people. Our world is evolving, changing and adapting because of us and what we do. That's why, now more than ever, we need to put people first — and that’s what cooperatives are all about!
I sincerely hope that the International Summit of Cooperatives, which Desjardins Group will be co-hosting in the fall of 2012, will promote the recognition and advancement of the cooperative movement worldwide.
I wish you a successful and prosperous New Year and may the amazing power of cooperatives help us build a better world together!