It is a starting point for young entrepreneurs setting up cooperative start-ups, providing information on the cooperative model, a step-by-step guide to setting up a cooperative and a list of local support points across Europe. Examples and information about worker and social coops are included in the website.
It is a practical guide providing a theoretical background to cooperatives and encouraging youth organisations to start looking at business as a way to promote their mission and advance their work;
CICOPA ( the International organisation of industrial and service cooperatives) organised a two-year consultation process with its members in order to develop a common concept concerning this type of cooperatives. The World Standards of Social Cooperatives are the outcome of this process.
It is an essential reference as it contains the defintion of worker cooperatives approved by the General Assembly of the International Cooperative Alliance