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  1. COOPERATIVES IN SPAIN. A SOLUTION TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT CRISIS? AGRESTA S. COOP. A CASE STUDY Budapest. 7th June 2012 Pablo Ascasíbar. AGRESTA. S. COOP. AGRESTA Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  2. Contents • 2012. International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) • & Co-coperatives in Europe 2. Labour situation in Spain. Any solution? 3. Cooperatives in Spain 4. AGRESTA S. COOP. A case study agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  3. Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General July 2010 Gianni Pittella Vice-President of the European Parliament 31 May 2011 2012-International Year of Cooperatives “Co-operatives are a reminder to the internacional community that it is posible to pursue both economic viability and social responsability” “Co-operatives are economic actors featuring a human dimension, which must be a specificity of the European model” agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  4. A co-operative enterprise is a group of people acting together to meet the common needs and aspirations of its members, sharing ownership and making decisions democratically 2012-International Year of Cooperatives Cooperative…, what is a cooperative? agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  5. Co-operatives are businesses with unique qualities and ways of working that provide a long-term approach to economic growth 2012-International Year of Cooperatives Why cooperatives? A different purpose: a union of people≠a union of capital A different strategy: long term economic activity≠short term financial return A different control structure: “1 member=1vote” ≠“1share=1vote” A different allocation of profit: Profit belongs to all members and is reinvested in the enteprise≠ return for a small number of investors agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  6. 2012-International Year of Cooperatives An overview of Europe´s cooperatives Co-operative figures: - 5 400 000 employees - 160 000 enterprises - 123 000 000 members All types and sizes: - from small companies owned by employees, to large banks owned by clients In all economic sectors: - Agriculture, industry, banking, housing, … agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  7. Labour situation in Spain Although originated in the financial sector, the global crisis has had different characteristics across countries. In Spain the impact on unemployment is tremendous!!! 5,639,500 unemployed agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  8. Labour situation in Spain And what about the cooperatives? The last data (april 2012) says that the cooperatives are creating jobs 19 602 jobs created from January to March 2012 Maybe to strenghten cooperatives is part of the solution agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  9. Cooperatives in Spain Our Constitution of 1978 has an article about cooperatives agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  10. Cooperatives in Spain Different types of cooperatives • Workers cooperatives • Agricultural & livestock cooperative • Banking cooperatives • Consumers cooperatives • Education cooperatives • Housing cooperatives • Transportation cooperatives relationship PUBLIC SECTOR PRIVATE SECTOR Administration & Public companies Traditional Companies Cooperatives agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  11. Cooperatives in Spain Some examples with numbers: • Workers cooperatives: (owned by employees) • - 16 949 cooperatives • - 205 700 jobs • - 22 030 M € of income agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  12. Cooperatives in Spain Some examples with numbers: • Agricultural & livestock cooperatives: (union of producers) • - 3 039 cooperatives • - 1 160 337 members • - 99 079 jobs • - 18 322 M € of income agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  13. Cooperatives in Spain Some examples with numbers: • Cooperatives of banking: (owned by the clients) • - 78 cooperatives • - 2 320 634 members • - 20 352 jobs agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  14. Cooperatives in Spain How do we organise? COCETA: Spanish Confederation of Workers Cooperatives agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  15. AGRESTA S. COOP. A CASE STUDY Our beginings… At the end of 1999, 10 friends from School of Forestry at the Polytechnic University of Madrid decided to create a cooperative. FIRST ASSEMBLIES agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  16. AGRESTA nowadays We are a network all over the country!! Agresta is an environmental consulting firm, specializing in forestry, engineering in the natural environment and environmental impact studies With a solid professional experience acquired since the year 2000, our work focuses on making projects, studies, advice and reports, as well as the supervision and direction of environmental works throughout the national territory. Locally rooted, with 5 offices all over the territory and 3 business delegations in order to be close to the client and to know the best solutions to the rural needs. agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  17. Agresta is a multidisciplinary team of over 30 professionals, graduates in: • Forestry engineering • Surveying engineering • Biology • Statistics • Geography • Economics • Environmental sciences • Technical management and organization of natural resources General Assembly (Valdeavellano, Soria 2011) People agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  18. Fundamental issues for us Cooperative formula One person, one vote. • Co-operative principles: • Voluntary and Open Membership • Democratic Member Control • Member Economic Participation • Autonomy and Independence • Education, Training and Information • Co-operation among Co-operatives • Concern for Comunity Ethical finance Preferent use of ethical and cooperative banking Social measures Work as part of personal development Participation in othe social networks Agresta participates in other Social Economy Networks agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  19. Products & Services • Forest Management • Land planning • Natural Environment Engineering • Environmental impacts • Forest Property • Geographic Information System & GPS • Use of forest resources-energy (forest biomass) • Carbon consultancy • LiDAR technology applied to forest agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  20. How are we facing the crisis? The Co-operative model Innovatión Searching partners-Intercooperation • New products and new technologies... • Anyone in Hungary wants to cooperate with us? • People before profit • Before losing a job we share work agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural

  21. Agresta in 2012 is… Rural development technology innovation 12 yearsof experience forestry Multidisciplinar team Co-operative Locallyrooted commitment 30 professionals 5 offices democracy THANKS www.agresta.org agresta Gestión Técnica Ambiental y Desarrollo Rural