The supporters of the 2012 United Nations International Year of Co-operatives are:

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

"I know from first hand experience making the Seeds of Hope documentary for World Vision that co-operatives give people the practical means to change their lives for the better. Co-ops are a hand up not a hand out, restoring people's dignity by giving them the economic model to improve their lives. To really lift someone out of poverty you have to give them a sustainable solution - co-operatives are that sustainable solution. In 2012, I hope everyone comes to better understand the transforming power of co-operatives all over the world including Australia."

Hugh Jackman, actor and supporter of the 2012 UN International Year of Co-operatives


Maggie Beer

Maggie Beer

"My passion for using fresh seasonal and local produce is equalled by my passion for my local, cooperative store a place that connects customers, who are members, with the local producers in our district. I want to shop where I know the store cares as much about our local community and promoting the best Australian products and services as it does about making a profit. Community focused, ethical and sustainable that's the cooperative difference."

Maggie Beer, Senior Australian of the Year, 2010, and Supporter of the 2012 United Nations International Year of Co-operatives


Joyce Clague MBE

Joyce Clague MBE

"Over the years, I have seen the birth of many co-operatives. We choose the co-operative structure because we want to have an equal say, we want to share the responsibility and we want to work together to improve our living conditions and our life chances. Our greatest benefit is that we are a co-operative, we are working together for a better future for ourselves and our children." 

Joyce Clague MBE, Chairperson Woolitji Co-operative Ltd and Supporter of IYC 2012


Peter Russell-Clarke

Peter Russell Clarke

"Co-operatives ensure common-wealth, which is what Australia seems to have lost track of at this point in time. But because a lot of profit made from human effort is vanishing out of the local community where it is generated, we are becoming acutely aware that we need to join hands and protect each other by striving together to the benefit of our neighbours as well as our own family. We need to co-operate with each other - Bravo the co-operatives amongst you."

Iconic TV chef and co-ops champion, Peter Russell-Clarke 


Bob Debus AM

Bob Debus AM

"The co-operative model is of the most obvious significance to a world looking for alternative ways of doing business. People are looking for institutions they can trust. However their strength is not only financial, it is ethical. Co-operatives are social businesses. They do not explain their commitment to social responsibility in vague statements of intent. Their values and principles are at the heart of what they actually do."

Patron - Bob Debus AM, Former Attorney-General and Minister for Co-operatives, New South Wales

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Youth ambassadors

Youth Co-operator

Calling all young co-operators…the IYC secretariat is seeking young people to help spread the message that co-operating in business is a “good way to do business and a business like way to do good.”

Are you passionate about the co-op that you trade with or work for? Do you know a young person who embodies the spirit of co-operation?

Send a one paragraph statement about why this young co-operator should be an IYC 2012 Youth Ambassador.

Youth Ambassadors will make their own YouTube “Choose a co-op” video; be our guest “tweeters”; and participate in events in 2012.

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The IYC 2012 Secretariat is proudly supported by Social Business Australia and Capricorn Society Ltd

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