Message at Coop Impact Conference, organized by National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA):

“It is an honor for me to share this message with you for the annual Co-op Impact Conference.

I would like to share with you some ideas on the role that cooperatives can play in this complex time we are living in today.

Undoubtedly, the pandemic has impacted us on a global scale, both in health, the economy and in the way we work and interact with each other.

In addition to mourning the loss of millions of lives, we are still trying to recover the social and economic fabric that we used to have.

From the International Cooperative Alliance, we propose to face this reconstruction together.

First, by integrating the one billion members of three million cooperatives that are part of this movement on all continents.

And then by inviting everyone to Rebuild Better Together, including public or private entities, and all individuals who want to get out of this crisis better than we entered it.

In other words, with more development opportunities for everyone, without leaving anyone behind.

Caring for our planet, providing youth with decent work, practicing gender equality, healthy living conditions, producing and consuming in a fair and responsible way…

Democratizing finance, creating and managing new technologies that improve the quality of life for all, ensuring access to health and education.

We can do this with our own Cooperative Identity, as we have done for almost two centuries, in different latitudes of the planet.

Cooperatives are enterprises rooted in the territories, with values and principles that unite us internationally and centrally oriented to the search for the common good.

We are enterprises committed to democracy and peace.

We are enterprises formed by the community and at the service of the community.

And we are prepared to face from each territory where we are, the enormous global challenges that this historical time brings us.

Before saying goodbye, I want to tell you that to continue strengthening this perspective and to deepen our Cooperative Identity, we will convene our 33rd World Cooperative Congress, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from December 1 to 3.

We will have this Congress in a hybrid format where it will be possible to participate in person or remotely, connecting from anywhere on the planet.

I want to invite you to be part of these debates, value the enormous trajectory and contribute to the powerful vision of the future that the cooperative movement in the USA has, to rebuild this world together so we can leave to the future generations a common home worthy of living.”