La Siembra Co-operative is a fair trade, worker-owned co-operative, which seeks to promote a new model of trading partnerships guided by the principles of fair trade. Incorporated in 1999, La Siembra is one of the first companies to import, manufacture and distribute Fair Trade and organic certified sugar and cocoa products in North America and has since branched out into Fair Trade and organic certified coffee, candy bars and baking products. La Siembra’s Camino® lines of consumer products are sold in over 3000 retail outlets across Canada. Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant Job Description and Applicant Questions https://camino.ca/
Many people feel intimidated by financial reports. However, without a thorough understanding of financial information, co-operative enterprises cannot succeed (whether for profit or not-for-profit). Worker co-op owners need to understand their co-op’s financial statements and how their jobs contribute to the financial performance of their enterprise. This webinar reviewed the financial statements of a worker co-operative and provided important tools for understanding and using financial information. CWCF Webinar – Financial Reports May 31-17
This is the first time that we offered this new webinar that was recently developed by CWCF. This is a two-part series designed for people who are working in a worker co-op. It covered basic definitions, statistics on the movement, the co-op principles as applied to worker co-ops, and governance and management principles in a worker co-op. 20170221 Session 1 Worker Co-ops v2 151230 Session 2 Worker Co-ops fnl
Co-operatives have twice the success rate of conventional businesses: 40 percent versus 20 percent. Nonetheless, that still means that three out of five co-ops fail. During this interactive webinar, Russ discussed the reasons for co-operative enterprise failure and what can be learned from these hard lessons. Learning from failure
CWCF is partnering in this initiative. We want to get our Worker Co-operators engaged in this initiative. The focus is on young co-operators (under 35) but not necessarily limited. Click here for more information. Kaye Grant, CWCF’s Communications Manger is the CWCF contact for this. CWCF s’associe à cette initiative. Nous voulons que nos coopératives de travail participent à cette initiative. L’accent est mis sur les jeunes coopérateurs (moins de 35 ans) mais pas nécessairement limités. Clique ici. Kaye Grant, directrice des communications de la FCCF est la personne-ressource de la FCCT pour l’initiative.
Save the date: 2017 CWCF Conference / Réservez les dates: le Congrès 2017 de la FCCT For more information about the date and location of our 2017 conference click here.
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Conference Reports cwcf-coopzone-2016-conference-highlights a-worker-co-op-members-perspective melanie-conn-mark-goldblatt-award cwcf-board-2016 developers-caucus-meeting-11-2016 Conference Presentations (for those that are available) Andy Broderick, VP, Impact Market Development, Vancity and Managing Director, New Market Funds: Topic: Financing Worker Co-ops andy-ccif-investor-presentation-cwcf-2016 Tracey Kliesch, General Manager and CEO, CCEC Credit Union: Topic: Financing Worker Co-ops tracy-ccec-financing-cwcf-2016 Elvy Del Bianco, Program Manager, Cooperative Partnerships, Vancity: Topic: Financing Worker Co-ops elvy-vancity-financing-co-ops-cwcf-2016 Isabel Faubert-Mailloux, Executive Director, Quebec Worker Co-operative Network / Réseau de la coopération du travail du Québec: Topic: Quebec Réseau presents its Parcours Coop or “Co-op Journey” isabel-parcourscoop_cwcf-2016 Parcours Coop 2015 Video Jamie Bohach,Strategic Client Manager, Western Region, The Co-operators: Topic: The Co-operators: Co-op Guard & Member Benefits jamie-the-co-operators-cwcf-2016 Peter Hough, Affinity Consulting, Co-author: People and Co-ops: Maintaining Mutual Respect and Dignity within Your Worker Co-op peter-dignity-cwqcf-2016 Marty Frost, DEVCO: Topic: Strengthening your Co-op’s Value Proposition marty-strengthening-your-value-proposition-cwcf-2016 Isabel Martins, La Siembra: Topic: Strengthening your Co-op’s Value Proposition isabel-ls-strengthening-your-co-op_s-value-proposition-cwcf-2016 Denyse Guy, Executive Director, Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada denyse-cmc-cwcf-2016 General Conference Documents…
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