Co-operative Enterprise – building a better Wales conference
Co-operative Enterprise – Building a Better Wales
Delivering wealth creation and social responsibility
6-7 July 2012
University of Glamorgan, Cardiff
The annual Co-operative Cymru/Wales Conference (in association with the Institute of Welsh Affairs) will, this year, be a special two-day event to celebrate the UN 2012 Year of Co-operatives.
The Conference will focus on how the co-operative model can be utilised in Wales to generate wealth and revitalise local communities, provide for social needs on a not-for-profit basis and be the preferred model of ownership for sporting and cultural organisations.
As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has put it, “Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.”
A high calibre collection of speakers and discussion sessions will highlight best practice from Wales and other small nations across the world including the Basque County, Quebec, Ireland and Lesotho.
A focal point for the conference will be the launch of a major report examining the success of the Mondragon Corporation in the Basque Country. Since 1956 Mondragon has been the driving force behind the exponential growth of the co-operative sector in the Basque Country which now employs over 80,000 people and generates approximately 7% of Basque GDP. What can we learn from the Basque experience to enable the co-operative and mutual sector to make an enhanced contribution to the Welsh economy and Welsh society?
Building a Better Wales
Book online at www.iwa.org.uk/events