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NCBA CLUSA Celebrates 100 Years of Cooperation


Celebrating 100 years of cooperation, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), along with its members, will be promoting the cooperative business model in events throughout its hundredth anniversary year.

Founded on March 18, 1916, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year supporting and promoting the cooperative business model in the U.S. and around the world. In the U.S., one in three Americans is a member of a co-op, which is the business model for over 40,000 businesses representing over $3 trillion in assets in industries from credit unions to rural electric co-ops, purchasing, groceries, farming and worker-owned businesses across many sectors. Co-ops must adhere to seven international principles, including democratic control and concern for community in order to be a cooperative.

“We are proud to represent such a diverse membership of businesses across the United States who all work under the principles of cooperation,” said Judy Ziewacz, NCBA CLUSA’s Interim President and CEO. “Our association’s anniversary provides us the opportunity to reflect on and celebrate not only the past 100 years of cooperation, but also support the next 100 years of the co-op movement with the goal of becoming the fastest growing business model.”

Throughout the past 100 years, co-op businesses have been a consistent part of the U.S. economy, including weathering depressions and recessions better than traditional businesses in some cases. Co-ops were also an integral part of civil rights history and the electrification of the West.

Over the year, NCBA CLUSA will celebrate 100 years of cooperation with events around the country, including screenings of a documentary on the co-op model, produced by the Visionaries television series.

Abroad, NCBA CLUSA has worked to alleviate poverty through cooperative development and economic and social empowerment in over 85 countries, and represents the U.S. cooperative community to the International Cooperative Alliance.

To learn more about the history of the cooperative movement in the U.S and around the world, visit NCBA CLUSA’s 100th Anniversary website at