The 33rd World Cooperative Congress will enable the cooperative movement to explore its identity to build a more secure future. Using the current global crisis as a framework, discussions will aim to deepen the cooperative identity by revisiting its values, strengthening its actions, committing to its principles and living its achievements.

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Examining our cooperative identity

Examining our cooperative identity

The cooperative identity unites us to work for the common good. Our values and principles give millions of people control of their own lives, their future, and serve as the strong foundation that sets cooperatives apart from other types of enterprises. How can our business model continue to be relevant in addressing today’s global challenges?

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Strengthening our cooperative identity

Strengthening our cooperative identity

Innovation and entrepreneurship are more important than ever in facing today’s complex global economy. The people-centred cooperative model nurtures talent, creativity and encourages innovative ideas to create a more humane and inclusive society. How do we make our cooperative identity a competitive advantage in the global market?

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Committing to our cooperative identity

Committing to our cooperative identity

Inclusion and humanity are at the core of our identity, making cooperatives a valuable tool in the construction of positive peace. We respond to the needs of refugees, rebuild after natural disasters, look after the most vulnerable, and we respond to the ravages of a global pandemic. These crises are constantly threatening a globalised economy. How can cooperatives work together to bring about positive and lasting change in the world?

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Living our cooperative identity

Living our cooperative identity

The foundation of our identity drives cooperatives to pursue fundamental positive change in our world such as support for the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As grassroots organisations led by their members, cooperatives are hard at work offering effective approaches to sustainable development in the communities in which they are rooted. But how are UN global policies being turned into effective local actions?