Cooperative Alliances, Federations, and Networks

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Cooperative alliances and networks are groups of cooperatives that associate with one another for financial benefit and/or a common goal to advance cooperative interests within specific regions.

International Co-operative Alliance

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is the worldwide body for co-operatives, formed in 1895. Its members are mostly the regional and/or national bodies for co-operatives around the world, so its membership list can be a good way to find co-ops in a specific geographic area.

United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives

The United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives was founded in 2004 to serve as the umbrella federation for Worker co-ops and other democratic workplaces in the country. Its stated mission is “to create stable and empowering jobs and worker-ownership through the development of a thriving cooperative movement. We advance worker-owned, -managed, and -governed workplaces through cooperative education, advocacy and development.”[1]

Examples of Local Cooperative Networks and Alliances

In California, the Network of Bay Area Worker Cooperatives (NoBAWC) “is a grassroots organization of democratic workplaces dedicated to building workplace democracy in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.” This organization offers support to its member cooperatives, develops new worker co-ops, and generally promotes co-op enterprises throughout the region.[2]

Western Massachusetts is the home to the Valley Alliance of Worker Cooperatives (VAWC). Since 2007, this alliance has primarily existed as a loose network of nearly twenty co-ops and allied organizations. Recently, VAWC has begun to evaluate alternative methods of organization in order to evolve into a more formalized association.[3]

Another examples include the recently launched Neighboring Food Co-op Association, which is "a network of food co-ops committed to a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and collaboration among co-ops."[4]

Non-Geographical Based Networks

The long established Cooperative Grocers' Information Network's mission is to serve "all retail food cooperatives by creating community and promoting the sharing and development of resources among members."[5]

Other Groups

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