Attending the close of the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives (IYC), the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA) shifts focus to growth of the cooperative approach over the next 10 years, in the US and internationally.
NCBA’s strategy is in line with the rest of the world’s cooperatives, according to Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) who, in an official statement, declared a new era open for cooperatives, referencing ICA’s Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade. This blueprint is a framework and strategy to ensure cooperatives grow as financially and environmentally sustainable businesses over the next decade.
“The International Year gave us an opportunity to spread the message of the value cooperatives can bring to consumers, businesses, and communities,” said Liz Bailey, NCBA’s Vice President for Domestic Development and Public Policy. “Our work is not done with the close of IYC; we’re continuing our efforts to promote the value of cooperatives for our economic recovery and to consumers.”