Addressing the gender gap in credit unions

Credit Union sister societies in Nepal

Women are underrepresented in credit union leadership roles around the globe with males predominating chief executive roles. This is especially the case in smaller credit unions, where numbers in the United States show that most female leaders serve at credit unions smaller than $50m. These figures, published in a report by the Filene Research Institute and […]


Leading on sustainability: Co-operators wanted as we don’t have time to waste

Light bulb glowing in the grass at night

In June, Co-operative Congress gave overwhelming support to the idea that co-ops should be doing more to tackle the environmental and social problems society faces – and become real leaders in the push for sustainability. It was agreed that a network of experienced and enthusiastic co-operators should come together and facilitate action. Are you up for […]


Fans gather for Supporters Summit

The main Supporters Summit opened with a panel discussion and audience Q&A on Fifa, reform, and how supporters trusts can influence global issues

Football supporters from across the UK met in Manchester in July to discuss the challenges and developments affecting fans of the game. The Supporters Summit 2015, hosted jointly by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and Supporters Direct (SD), aimed to bring together a collection of fans who were “interested in shaping the game for the […]


CICOPA report looks at the state of industrial and service co-operatives

Workers of Fonderie de la Bruche, a worker owned aluminium co-operative in France (c) Les scop

A recent report by the International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives (CICOPA) has revealed that industrial and service co-operatives employ three million people around the world. CICOPA includes 65,000 affiliated enterprises, 95% of which are small and medium-sized. The report, based on figures from 2013-2014, highlights that while a substantial proportion of co-operatives in industry […]


Credit unions facing the challenges

Vancity credit union is now providing a range of new services for those of its customers with smart phones

Sandra Garcia is clearly a satisfied member of her credit union, Canada’s Vancity. “Just used the @vancity app to deposit a cheque by taking a picture with my iPhone. Bam. #thefuture,” she tweeted happily recently. Paying in cheques to your account by photographing them and just sending in the photo is something British banks haven’t […]


Co-operative Food launches Apple Pay

Apple Pay is now available in all Co-operative Food stores

Co-operative Food has launched Apple Pay at all 11,800 of its till points across the UK, making it the largest UK retailer to use the new payment technology. Apple Pay uses the contactless technology already implemented in all Co-operative Food stores, and is available to shoppers with an iPhone 6/6 Plus or Apple Watch. The technology was launched in the United […]


Editorial: Politics, innovation and the co-operative advantage

Denver, which hosted this year's World Credit Union Conference

On Saturday, 12 September, Labour will announce the results of the party’s leadership elections in the UK. The Co-operative Party, Labour’s sister party, will be watching closely. Last week the Co-op Party organised a hustings in London, which saw leader and deputy leader candidates debate the role of co-operatives in a future Labour government. While each of the hopefuls acknowledged that co-ops do have a role to […]


Co-operatives seen as a means to increase energy consumer participation

Klaus Niederlander, director of Cooperatives Europe

The European Commission (EC) has released new proposals on energy self-consumption and consumers. Published as part of its Summer Package, the three documents are: A new deal for energy consumers, a Best Practices guidance document on how to produce your own renewable electricity and a text launching the Public consultation on energy market design. The proposals have been […]


European Centre for Press and Media Freedom sets up as a co-operative

Leipzig, where the new European Centre for Press and Media Freedom co-operative has been set up

A European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) was set up in Leipzig on 25 July as a non-profit European co-operative society. The centre was founded by 20 journalist associations, publishing houses, academic institutions and media rights experts from across Europe. The co-operative will work to unite Europe’s media freedom community as well as […]