International survey on co-op sustainability practices

*Link to survey at the below*

In order to bring in cooperative voices into the process of the post-2015 development agenda, the International Labour Organization’s Co-operatives Unit, in collaboration with the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and other partners has launched an initiative on the contribution of cooperatives to sustainable development.

As part of this initiative a background study is being drafted to be presented in policy roundtables, conferences and seminars in 2013-14. The study will be informed by a survey and in-depth interviews with representatives of the cooperative movement from around the world to gather information on how cooperatives have contributed to Sustainable Development and their potential to contribute to the achievement of the proposed Universal Goals.

We are writing to ask you to take a moment to fill the survey on cooperatives and post- 2015 sustainable development framework. The survey is intended to have cooperative voices heard by world leaders during the ongoing discussions around the issue. By providing your inputs you will contribute to communicating the critical role cooperatives play in achieving sustainable development goals.

The deadline for the survey is October 15, 2013. Please feel free to disseminate this message among your networks.

Thank you,
Cooperatives Unit
International Labour Organization

To visit the website of ILO’s Cooperatives Unit and to find out more about the initiative, please go to:–en/index.htm


To take the survey, please go to:




-Simel Esim, International Labour Organization

Call for Papers: Journal of Co-operative Studies

The next edition of the UK Journal of Co-operative Studies is entitled Co-operating @ the (Cutting) Edge: Innovating for Social Inclusion, Sustainability, and Solidarity Economies and will be focusing on Canadian content. The editors are three board members from the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation: Isobel Findlay of the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives at the University of Saskatchewan, Fiona Duguid of the Canadian Co-operative Association and Ana Maria Peredo of the Centre for Co-operative and Community-based Economy at the University of Victoria.

The theme of this special issue aims to draw analytic attention to the ways in which co-operatives and related social economy organizations innovate:
• To champion social inclusion
• To support economic and business practices fostering sustainability
• To build solidarity economies

Possible topics include:
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Social and Solidarity Co-operatives
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship in crisis and conflict contexts
• The Role of Public Policy in Promoting Co-operative Innovation
• Co-operative Ownership and Governance Structures and Practices
• Fostering Co-operation among Co-operatives
• Co-operative types (worker co-ops, financial co-ops, consumer co-ops, agricultural co-ops, etc.)
Among many others

Papers are subject to blind peer review by two referees. Deadline for submissions is August 31. Full call for papers available here.