The leader of the global co-operative movement today outlined an ambitious vision for making co-operatives the fastest growing business model by the end of the decade.
Launching the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, Dame Pauline Green, president of the International Co-operative Alliance, the trade body representing co-ops from around the world said: "We want to see co-operatives rise to the top of global business as the fastest growing business model by 2020. Our strategy is for the co-operative model to become the acknowledged leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability and therefore the model preferred by people. And as a result of this to become the fastest growing form of enterprise."
Dame Pauline was speaking at the opening of Co-operatives United, a three day event designed to showcase the resurgent and increasingly confident global co-operative community.
A mash-up of conferences, exhibitions and fringe festival, organisers are hailing Co-ops United as one of the biggest-ever international gatherings of global co-operative organisations and is being held to mark the close of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives.