Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > By DEPARTMENTS > Leadership and Governance for Sustainability > Sustainable Development Strategies at Governance Level

Cooperative Banking and Finance

Cooperatives contribute $1 trillion to the US economy, and support 1.2 million jobs.

Find green business solutions
Thirty years ago the 95th Congress passed enabling legislation -- the "National Consumer Cooperative Bank Act" that called for the creation of a financial entity that would have a special mission: dedication to meeting the needs of an underserved and widely misunderstood market -- people who join together cooperatively to achieve personal, social and business goals.

NCB was given a charter and mission to support and be an advocate for America's cooperatives and their members, especially in low-income communities, by providing innovative financial and related services.

The Bank Act also provided for the formation of the non-profit affiliate, NCB Capital Impact, charged with empowering America's underserved communities by providing innovative lending and expert technical assistance otherwise unavailable to them.

These two organizations have helpd low- and moderate-income communities achieve sustainable economic progress.

The cooperative business sector has grown and adapted. The co0op model works for large and small endeavors, for urban and rural needs because it allows people to do togehter what they can't do on their own.

Some of the best Cooperatives in American are in California. NCB recently published their list of Top 100 Cooperatives and they include:

  • California Dairies Inc, in Visalia, CA
  • WesCorp FCU in San Dimas, CA
  • Sunkist Growers, Inc. in Sherman Oaks, Ca
  • Blue Diamond Growers, Sacramento, CA
  • SchoolsFirst FCU, Santa Ana, CA
  • The Golden 1 Credit Union, Sacramento, CA
  • Sphere 1, Yorba Linda, CA

But there are many other cooperative companies in American that are household words in our local communities... companies like

Ocean Spray
Associated Milke Producers
Dairy Farmers of American
Land O'Lakes
Ace Hardware
True Value Company
Associated Press

Cooperative Business Strategies

Cooperatives are working in Finance, Agriculture, Energy, Grocery, Foodservice, Communications, Franchise, Healthcare, Media, Hardware and Lumber, Recreation, and Crafts.

Co-ops operate using these principles:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Member economic participation
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training, and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Cooperative Business Statistics 2007-2008

  • Total assets of cooperatives in the US total more than $1 trillion.
  • Cooperatives generate nearly $250 billion in annual revenue and support the generation of over $500 billion in annual revenue.
  • Cooperatives directly employ nearly 500,000 people and indirectly support more than 1.2 million jobs.
  • There are more than 30,000 cooperatives in the US that account for more than 45,000 places of business.

Research Source:

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| cooperatives | sustainable development |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe

Related Articles

Growers Collaborative Supplies Local Food to California Institutions

Building Innovation with the MIT Open Prototype Intitiative (OPI)

1BOG: One Block Off The Grid -- a Collaborative Cost Saving Solar Solution

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here


We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |