National Co+Op Grocers Celebrates #CoopsDay

Also known as #CoopsDay, the annual event is intended to increase awareness of cooperatives and core coop beliefs, such as promoting international solidarity.

100th International Day of Cooperatives
Courtesy of International Cooperatives Alliance

Saint Paul, MNNational Co+op Grocers (NCG) joins other cooperatives to commemorate the 100th International Day of Cooperatives on July 2. Also known as #CoopsDay, the annual event is intended to increase awareness of cooperatives and core coop beliefs, such as promoting international solidarity. #CoopsDay also advocates for economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. The International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the United Nations select a yearly theme. The 2022 theme: “Cooperatives Build a Better World.”

“For our co-op and co-ops worldwide, one of our seven cooperative principles is ‘concern for the community,'” said C.E. Pugh, President and CEO of NCG, in a press release. “When you consider there are more than 3 million cooperatives worldwide, the collective positive impact on their communities is tremendous. We’re proud to be a part of this global movement to truly build a better world.”

Co-ops Have a Significant Impact

Key findings from NCG’s 2021 Food Impact Report:

  • Co-ops on average purchase from 178 local farmers, and local foods make up 26% of total store sales.
  • Certified B Corps make up 9% of co-op sales, compared to 2% at conventional grocers.
  • Organic products make up 40% of co-op sales.

To learn more about the International Day of Cooperatives, visit www.coopsday.coop.

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