2012 International Year of Co-operatives

The United Nations declared 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives in recognition of their contribution to socio-economic development, particularly with regard to poverty reduction, employment creation and social integration. The theme of the year was 'Co-operative enterprises help build a better world.'

The International Year of Co-operatives, or IYC, celebrated a different way of doing business, one focused on human need not human greed, where the members (who own and govern the business) collectively enjoy the benefits instead of all profits going just to shareholders.

The Guelph Campus Co-operative is owned by the students of the University of Guelph (over 5,000 members each year). There are so many great things we can do together!