Nice trust, if you can get it

If you have ever worked somewhere where there is low trust, you will know the difference that a co-operative environment can make.

Some fascinating new research out from the University of Rome this month explores whether co-operative enterprises create social trust.

Their headline conclusion is that if you work in a co-operative, you are 37% more likely to experience social trust than if you work for a conventional firm – and 48% more likely than if you work in the public sector.

They conclude that this “suggests that the development of cooperative enterprises – and, more generally, of less hierarchical models of governance and of not purely profit maximizing forms of enterprises – may play a crucial role in the diffusion of trust and in the accumulation of social capital. This may contribute to increased resilience of the economic system, especially in times of crisis.”

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One thought on “Nice trust, if you can get it

  1. The True Food Community Co-op that I’m involved with has not only gained trust but also has created community bonding. It’s great to see such positive finding across the board!

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