Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility.
Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) March 10, 2012
According to the website set up by the United Nations (UN) in recognition of 2012 as the International Year of the Cooperative, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says, "Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility." (social.un.org/coopsyear/)
In the United States, the National Cooperative Business Association, reports that cooperatives spend over $25 million in wages, employ over 856,000 full time equivalent workers and generate a total of 2 million jobs each year.
Within the food industry, the democratically organized cooperative business structure allows thousands of family farmers to join together under a cooperatively owned brand, gathers small community grocers into powerful purchasing groups while allowing for autonomy in other parts of their business and provides viable business structures for a host of companies who care about their employees, the environment, other cooperatives and sustainable production practices.
As part of FoodAndBeveragePeople.com’s mission to educate its audience on the wide range of opportunities available within the food and beverage industry, the website published a feature story entitled “Is Your Best Opportunity for Career or Business Success a Cooperative?”
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