How credit unions fit in at the International Summit of Cooperatives with Desjardins Group’s Stephane Bertrand

by: Mike Lawson

CUbroadcast ventured north of the border for this episode and chatted with Desjardins Group’s Stephane Bertrand about the upcoming 2014 International Summit of Cooperatives held in Quebec, Canada, October 6-9. During our talk Stephane (also Executive Director of the Summit) discussed how many credit unions will attend and participate in the Summit, along with looking at some of the social and economic challenges at stake when it comes to cooperatives on a global scale. Additionally, we addressed how cooperatives can help find solutions to these challenges and where credit unions fit into this puzzle.

Cooperative business notes:

  • 1 million coops give work to 100 million people and serve one billion members around the world.
  • The 300 most important cooperatives with total revenues of more than 2,5 trillion USD, represent the equivalent of the 9th largest economy.
  • Cooperatives contribute to the livelihood of one out of every two people around the world.

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