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The author shows that the future success of the co-operative business model will depend on its ability to distinguish itself, not only from the corporate form, but also from the variety of social economy options. It must be democratically controlled and independent from government, and it needs a supportive legal framework and access to capital for start-up and growth. The long-standing and globally accepted Statement on Co-operative Identity sets forth the accepted Principles that define a co-operative. With the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, co-operatives are now prepared to position themselves as the most participatory business model and as leaders in sustainability— environmental, social, and economic—at a time when these are priorities for the emerging generation.
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