International Co-operative Day
International Co-operative Day is observed on the first Saturday of every July. In 2018, International Co-operative Day is marked on July 7. International Co-operative Day celebrates the co-operative movement that was formed since 1923 by the International Co-operative Alliance. Co-operatives around the world celebrate the day based on a particular theme each year. International Co-operative Day is held to acknowledge the associations and enterprises which helps people to improve their lives while contributing to the social, economic, cultural and political advancement of their community and nation. Co-operative movements are democratic, locally autonomous, but internationally integrated, and a form of organisation and the members help themselves in overcoming the poverty, employment opportunities, inequality, and lot more. This day aims at creating awareness on co-operatives, and to focus on the goals and purposes of the United Nations and the international co-operative movement.
“Each co-operative institution will become a school of business in which each member will acquire a knowledge of the laws of trade and commerce.” – Leland Stanford
History of International Co-operative Day
International Co-operative Day was proclaimed in the resolution 47/90 by the United Nations General Assembly on December 16, 1992, to celebrate first Saturday of July 1995 as International Day of Cooperatives. It marked the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of International Cooperative Alliance. Since 1995, this day is observed internationally. The earliest record of co-operatives is marked on March 14, 1761, by Fenwick, Scotland. In 1844, 28 artisans worked in a cotton mill in Rochdale, England, established the first modern co-operative business, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society. To deal with the scarcity of food, working conditions, low wages, they decided to pool their resources and work together to get basic goods at a lower price. Rochdale pioneers are considered to be the prototype of modern co-operative society and the founders of the Co-operative Movement. Now, the sector is assumed to have 1 billion members.
Other celebrations on July 7
July 7 is also celebrated as
- National Macaroni Day
- National Hop a Park Day
- Tell The Truth Day
- International Chocolate Day
- Global Forgiveness Day
- National Strawberry Sundae Day
How to celebrate International Co-operative Day
International Co-operative Day is observed every year with the different theme. For 2018, the theme is set as the “sustainable consumption and production of goods and services“. Cooperatives will show people how to run a business successfully while keeping the natural environment and the resources safe. The theme will be revealed by the president of the International Co-operative Alliance at the events with cooperatives. People across the world will celebrate the day differently. Articles and radio programmes will be held to spread the awareness of the day. Fairs, exhibitions, campaigns will also be held on the topic of the day. Post pictures and share your International Co-operative Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #CooperativeDay.