By Alexis Alexander,
In 1995, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the first Saturday of July as the International Day of Co-operatives (IDC), an annual celebration of cooperatives worldwide. They chose this particular day in order to coincide with the International Co-operative Alliance's International Co-operative Day, established in 1923.
The purpose of IDC is to increase general awareness of co-ops and to promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. IDC also provides an opportunity to strengthen and extend ...