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Cooperative Firms in a Competitive Market

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Mark Gordon - published on 06/04/14

Pope Leo XIII didn’t propose worker cooperatives, and the notion didn’t originate with him, but they certainly fit within the broad vision he painted in Rerum Novarum, a vision that has been deepened by his successors, including Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis, who late last year met with and thanked leaders of the International Co-operative Alliance, which offers these seven principles to guide the cooperative business movement:

  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Members’ Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
  7. Concern for Community

Mark Gordonis a partner at PathTree, a consulting firm focused on organizational resilience and strategy. He also serves as president of both the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Diocese of Providence, and a local homeless shelter and soup kitchen. Mark is the author ofForty Days, Forty Graces: Essays By a Grateful Pilgrim. He and his wife Camila have been married for 30 years and they have two adult children.

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