Today, 1 July, is the 95th International Day of Co-operatives.
The message from the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) on this day is that "[a]t a time when income inequality is rising around the world, it is good to remember that solutions for inequality exist. The co-operative model is foremost among these.
"Its internationally agreed definition, principles and values set it apart from all other forms of entrepreneurial organisations. Those principles state that membership in a co-operative is open without discrimination to all people who accept the requirements of membership."
The ICA calls on co-operatives around the world to therefore redouble efforts to ensure open membership and inclusiveness, and to pledge to reaching the sustainable development goals.