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Fairtrade is good for producers – what research does and doesn’t say

The halo effect of Fairtrade has lasted many years, despite periodic critics popping up wanting to complain either that it distorts markets or that it doesn’t distort them enough.

Renewable energy success

Good news! Co-operatives and our partners in the field of renewable energy can celebrate a very welcome decision by the Government to introduce a carve-out for community energy generators.

We have helped 40 community energy generation co-operatives in recent years to raise £13.5 million from around 8,000 members through the Community Shares Unit.

Renewable energy success

Good news! Co-operatives and our partners in the field of renewable energy can celebrate a very welcome decision by the Government to introduce a carve-out for community energy generators.

We have helped 40 community energy generation co-operatives in recent years to raise £13.5 million from around 8,000 members through the Community Shares Unit.

The Co-operative Group – Shakespeare’s view?

For the past few months, the story of The Co-operative Group has tumbled onto the public stage like a Shakespearian tragedy. It has felt as if, when the end came, there would always be dead bodies all around and a realisation and a reckoning of past flaws.

The Co-operative Group – Shakespeare’s view?

For the past few months, the story of The Co-operative Group has tumbled onto the public stage like a Shakespearian tragedy. It has felt as if, when the end came, there would always be dead bodies all around and a realisation and a reckoning of past flaws.

Five reasons why football is co-operative, not just competitive

Ipswich Town are seventeen points ahead of our club, Charlton, in the Championship. But I do love the ‘tractor boys’. It is possible to co-operate as well as compete in football.

My school maths teacher, Mr Goldsmith, was a fan and used to give us double prep if they lost at home and time off if they won away. The year I did my Maths O levels, Ipswich won the FA Cup – although to be frank, while loving the time off, I was probably lucky to pass.

Five reasons why football is co-operative, not just competitive

Ipswich Town are seventeen points ahead of our club, Charlton, in the Championship. But I do love the ‘tractor boys’. It is possible to co-operate as well as compete in football.

My school maths teacher, Mr Goldsmith, was a fan and used to give us double prep if they lost at home and time off if they won away. The year I did my Maths O levels, Ipswich won the FA Cup – although to be frank, while loving the time off, I was probably lucky to pass.

A Resilient Brand – Public Trust in Co-operatives Slips But Still Positive Overall

 

The overall level of trust in co-operatives amongst UK adults has taken a knock, falling from a relatively high level in last year’s opinion poll, taken by YouGov on behalf of Co-operatives UK. In late 2013, 46% of those who expressed a view associated co-operative businesses with the word ’trusted’. This has now fallen to 40%.  

 

Taking power – the inspiring story of Tony Gibson

We have lost one of our great community activists and innovators in participation this week. Tony Gibson, who developed the participatory toolkit, Planning for Real, and helped tough neighbourhoods across the country to turn around, died just short of his 95th birthday. He was a passionate, co-operative Quaker and a determined force of nature.

Taking power – the inspiring story of Tony Gibson

We have lost one of our great community activists and innovators in participation this week. Tony Gibson, who developed the participatory toolkit, Planning for Real, and helped tough neighbourhoods across the country to turn around, died just short of his 95th birthday. He was a passionate, co-operative Quaker and a determined force of nature.

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