Argentinian co-operatives support those affected by severe floods

Argentina Flooding in the valley Sierras Chicas, Province of Cordoba

As thousands of people were evacuated due to excessive rain in Argentina, co-operatives were helping those affected by the floods. The movement is working with the Argentinian National Institute for Association and Social Economy (INAES) and with local authorities to provide essential products for people who had to leave their homes. Co-operatives from across the country […]


Tamworth customers come top in nationwide competition

Victoria Smith, winner who entered the draw at Kingsbury Co-op

Tamworth Co-operative customers won five out of six prizes in a nationwide competition involving 2,900 Co-operative Food stores. The competition was open to shoppers who used PayPoint at Co-operative food stores, which can include utility bills, mobile phone top-ups and mail order delivery. Five Tamworth customers won £1,500 each towards their household bills in the […]


Imagine, implement and change: the power of co-operatives

raj patel

“The idea of the co-op movement is to inject democracy into transactions and market relations,” says Raj Patel, author, academic, activist, and a keynote speaker at the International Co-operative Alliance’s Global Conference in November. Mr Patel believes strongly in the power of co-operatives in imagining – and implementing – change, and will be speaking on […]


What an ethical bank looks like

Desjardins, Montreal (Image: Simon Villeneuve)

The word ‘ethical’ in relation to banking tends to mean different things to different people. Some are primarily concerned with the level of customer involvement, while some are more concerned with how their money is invested, and others with how communities benefit from any profits. Unsurprisingly, many of the organisations that make it onto list […]


New Co-operative funeral home opens in Rochdale

Group chair Allan Leighton with Rochdale mayor, Councillor Surinder Biant and Group chief executive, Richard Pennycook

The Co-operative Funeralcare has marked the official opening of a new funeral home in Rochdale, the birthplace of the modern co-operative movement. At the opening members of the local community were joined by the Co-operative Group’s chair, Allan Leighton, its chief executive, Richard Pennycook, and head of consumer services, Rod Bulmer. Representatives from the Rochdale […]


‘America here I come': Tour aims to improve food co-op impact

Debbie Clarke is embarking on a tour of North American food co-ops

This year looks set to be a vintage one for Debbie Clarke: this week she heads out from Unicorn Grocery workers co-op in Manchester to embark on a 30-stage road trip in North America. Just over half of her 10-week tour will be dedicated to a travelling fellowship funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. This will involve […]


A whistle-stop tour of North American food co-ops

PCC actively partners with local organic farmers like Walchli Organics, a cantaloupe and watermelon producer in Hermiston, Oregon

Inspired by Debbie Clarke’s forthcoming tour of North American food co-ops, Co-operative News has been on its own virtual tour in search of inspiration across the pond. Here’s what we found: Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives San Fransisco Bay Area, California Forty years ago, Berkeley co-op The Cheeseboard opened its doors. In 1997, inspired by its […]


Editorial: Can mutuals fix healthcare?


It’s amazing that only 1% of the world receives some form of mutual healthcare. If there is to be one sector that is co-operative, it makes sense that it should be healthcare. It’s the one place where a capitalist economy should not exist, but when compared to the profit-driven market in the USA we are […]


How Argentina’s co-ops work with the state to provide health services

Medical centre set up by co-operatives to respond to emergency situations following flooding in Argentina (c) Cooperar

In Argentina, health co-operatives and mutuals serve two million members. The country, which has a population of 42 million, counts on 1,056 entities whose primary or secondary activity is related to the provision of health services. Of these, 62% are mutuals (861) and 18% are co-operatives (195). Health co-operatives and mutuals offer a variety of […]


A mutual relationship with the NHS: the future of healthcare?


Healthcare mutual Benenden was founded in 1905 – 43 years before the NHS, but the society now sees itself as an extension of the country’s health service. Chief executive Marc Bell meets with Co-operative News editor Anthony Murray to discuss the current state of health care provision in the UK, and how mutuals can work […]