Cooperatives added to the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (source :

Sixteen new elements have been added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage following the decisions adopted by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, taking place until 2 December in Ethiopia.

So not only the Belgian beer culture, but also the cooperative model. Thanks to the efforts of German Hermann-Schulze-Delitzsch Society and Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen inspired organizations.

Today, about a quarter of Germany’s population are members of a cooperative, which besides farmers and craftspeople, includes 90 per cent of its bakers and butchers and 75 per cent of its retailers. Some cooperatives have also been set up specifically for students to gain experience. Associated knowledge and skills are transmitted by cooperatives, universities, the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation, The Akademie Deutscher Genossenschaften, the German Hermann-Schulze-Delitzsch Society and the German Friedrich-Wilhelm-Raiffeisen Society.

But in the movie they made, it is absolutely clear that the cooperative model is a global model: net less then 140 million persons in Europe and almost 1 billion over the world are member of a cooperative.

Dit nieuwsbericht is verschenen op dinsdag, 06 december 2016.