Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta European Hero
Index • HisLife. • Whyshouldbe Arizmendi theEuropean Hero?
Hislife • He was born in Biscay, in 1915. • He was with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. • He was assigned to a parish in Arrasate-Mondragon in 1941 after being in prison. • He set up the Polytechnic School, now Mondragon EskolaPoliteknikoa. • In 1956, fiveyoungpeoplefromthisschoolestablishedthefirstproductioninitiative of whattodayis MCC: ULGOR. • He died in 1976.
M.C.C . MONDRAGON CO-OPERATIVE CORPORATION • In 1959 a credit co-operative, the Caja Laboral Popular-Euskadiko Kutxa( a co-operative bank), was founded • The following years saw the birth of a large number of co-operatives. It was during this period that Fagor Electronica, Fagor Ederlan and Danobat (among others) were set up. • During the seventies, a number of new co-operatives were set up. Much progress was also made in the field of research and development.
Theeightiesweremainlycharacterisedbythedevelopment of theMondragon Co-operativeCorporation (MCC) in response tothechallengeposedbythecreation of theEuropeanEconomicCommunity and theglobalisation of theeconomy. • Duringthenineteennineties, promptedby MCC, theUniversity of Mondragonwas set up as a privateuniversityaimed at satisfyingtheneeds of local companies. • Currently, MCC has over 60 industrial plantsabroad. • Today, half a centuryafteritsfoundation, theMondragon Co-operativeCorporationisthelargestbusinesscorporation in theBasque Country and theseventhlargest in Spain.
ULMA Construction has directpresenceonthefivecontinents. • EUROPE • CzechRepublic • France • Germany • Italy • Kazahstan • Poland • Portugal • Romania • Russia • Slovakia • Spain • Ukraine • AMERICA • Argentina • Brazil • Canada • Chile • Mexico • Peru • USA • ASIA-AFRICA-OCEANIA • India • P.R. China • Singapore • UAE
Caja Laboral-EuskadikoKutxa Bank Lagun Aro: Insurance and HealthcareCompany
Eroskiis a Basquesupermarketchainwithnearly 1,000 outlets, including 40 withpetrolstations), and 473 smalleroutlets, including 2 petrolstations), 219 'Eroski City' outlets and 234 EroskiTravel Agencies.
University of Mondragon MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA wascreated in 1997. Itis a cooperativeuniversity, whichbelongstothe MCC CooperateCorporation. MONDRAGON UNIBERTSITATEA has around 4,000 students and offers a total of 22 degreecourses. • Humanities and Education • Business Studies • Faculty of Engineering WellknownBasque chefs givebackingto new GastronomicSciencesdegree
Whyshouldbe Arizmendi theEuropeanHero? • He boostedcooperativeness. He spread the idea of beingemployer and employee at thesame time. • Mondragoncorporationisownedbytheirworker-members and powerisbasedontheprinciple of oneperson, one vote. • MCC istheworld leader in theco-operativemovement.
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