WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International officially kicked off their 100th Anniversary Campaign at an event at the National Press Club. Established in 1916, NCBA CLUSA has spent the past one hundred years advancing, promoting and defending the cooperative business model. Today there are more than 40,000 cooperative businesses nationwide contributing to a strong economy by investing in people and their communities.
"For more than a century, cooperative businesses have been deeply rooted in community development, providing for the needs of the individual person and their families while simultaneously strengthening the community," said Judy Ziewacz, interim president and CEO of NCBA CLUSA International. "We look forward to celebrating the many achievements of the past one hundred years while continuing to work tirelessly with our members to promote the cooperative business model and make it an integral part of sustainable economic development."
The event at the National Press Club will feature remarks by Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), co-chairs of the newly-formed Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus, and executives from cooperative businesses from across the country, including Charles E. Snyder, president and CEO of National Cooperative Bank, Bruce Carrozzi divisional vice president of True Value, Mollie Moisan from Pachamama Coffee Cooperative, and Gina Schaefer, a local co-op business owner and entrepreneur.
NCBA CLUSA will also unveil the findings of the first national survey on public opinions about co-ops in more than a decade. They survey found that a majority of Americans strongly believe that co-ops are beneficial to consumers, despite a general lack of awareness of the philosophy governing the cooperative business model. Americans rated co-ops higher than for-profit businesses in each of the following categories, often by margins of 15-20 percentage points:
- Have the best interest of the consuming in mind
- Run business in a trustworthy manner
- Committed to their communities
- Offer fair, competitive prices
- Provide products and services of high value
For more information about the 100th Anniversary Campaign, please visit www.ncbaclusa100.coop
About NCBA CLUSA
The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the trade association for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector advocacy, education and technical assistance that helps cooperative businesses thrive. For 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance, promote and defend cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals, families and communities. Since 1953, NCBA CLUSA has worked in more than 85 countries in the areas of cooperative development, food security and nutrition, agricultural development, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women and youth. NCBA CLUSA currently implements projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
SOURCE National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International