Everyday dignity

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has lauded the coming close of the International Year of Co-operatives.

“We know there continues to be a hunger for policies and approaches that address social and economic goals that go beyond a one-dimensional bottom line,” he says. “By emphasizing core values, cooperatives help advance a vision that embraces social objectives into the business model.”

“As a strong partner in development, the cooperative movement works … every day to empower people and enhance human dignity.”

A senior director at HSBC asked me on Monday quizzically whether there could be a UN International Year of Multinationals.

Get values, get people, get democracy, I said… and we’ll talk!

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