The Mondragón Cooperative Experience

Seminar in Arrasate-Mondragón, Spain  September 13-17, 2010

Replica of Pablo Picasso’s famous painting depicting the bombing of the Basque town of Gernika (near Mondragón) in 1937 by Germans allied with Franco’s faschist forces during the Spanish Civil War.

If you want to democratize power, you have to share the knowledge.
Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta

Mission (I)
Mondragón Co-operative Corporation (MCC) is an entrepreneurial socioeconomic entity with deep cultural roots in the Basque Country, created by and for the people, inspired by the Basic Principles of our Co-operative Experience, committed to the community, to the improvement of competitiveness and to the satisfaction of customers, to

create wealth within society through entrepreneurial development and job creation, preferably membership-jobs in co-operatives.

Misión (II)
u MCC is based on a commitment to solidarity and uses democratic methods for its organisation and management u u MCC encourages the participation and integration of people in management, profits and ownership of their companies, to develop a joint, harmonising project aimed at social, business and personal development.

COOPERATIVES WITHIN MCC
•INDUSTRIAL 87 •CREDIT 1 •CONSUMER 1 •AGRICULTURAL 4 •EDUCATION 8 •RESEARCH 13 •SERVICES 6 • •TOTAL 120 cooperatives

Structure in MCC
CONGRESS Permanent Council
GENERAL COUNCIL

INDUSTRIAL GROUP
Automotive
RETAIL CHAIN GROUP

FINANCIAL GROUP

Components Construction Industrial Equipment Domestic Appliances Engineering and Capital Goods Machine-Tools Training and Research Centres

Basic Cooperative Principles

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BASIC CO-OPERATIVE PRINCIPLES
1.Open Admission. 2.Democratic Organization. 3.Sovereignty of Labor. 4.Instrumental and Subordinate Nature of Capital. 5.Participatory Management. 6.Wage Solidarity. 7.Inter-cooperation. 8.Social Transformation. 9.Universality. 10.Education

Corporate Management Model

CORPORATE VALUES OF MCC
CO-OPERATION • “Owners and protagonists”
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PARTICIPATION • “Commitment to management”

•   • SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY • “Distribution of wealth based on solidarity.  Involvement in the community”

INNOVATION • “Constant renewal”

CONVENTIONAL CORPORATION

M CC
A U T H O R I T Y CO-OPS
(Autonomous)

SECTORIAL GROUPS

C O N V I C T I O N

MCC

People and Capital
Conventional corporation • Power rests with capital, and whoever controls the capital (shareholders) • People (workers, human resources) are used as tools to serve capital

Mondragón Cooperative Corporation

• Power rests with the people (worker ownership and workplace democracy) • Capital is used as a tool to serve the people

COO P

INTERCOOPERATION
COO P COO P COOP COOP COOP

COOP

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) SOCIAL

EDUCATIONAL

FINANCIAL

Mondragón Cooperative Corporation

Corporate Headquarters

 Spain and is rated first in customer satisfaction. Tour to Mondragon Cooperatives in Spain by TeamWorks  

We are a consumer co-operative in which the workers are owners and the consumers are members. Our project is a guarantee of sustainability: •We are from here, local. •We are not a subsidiary. The decisions are taken here. •We cannot be taken over. Collective ownership: the workers.

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Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
built by a Mondragón Construction Cooperative

Alecop Youth Cooperative
Work Study Program for high school and university students

Mondragón University
Engineering School Business School Education and Social Work School

Ikerlan

Research and Development Cooperative

Saiolan

New Business Incubator

We are each very proud of who we are…. Having the right to decide is very important for workers and motivates people to stay.


--executive who has been with the Mondragón cooperatives for 48 years

Enjoying common spaces in Oñati, near Mondragón

San Sebastian, near Mondragón

Lunch with participants of the Praxis Peace Institute’s Mondragón Seminar 2010

Conference of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, August 6-8 , 2010 in Berkeley

Representatives from cooperatives all over the US attended, including W.A.G.E.S and Other Avenues in the Bay Area

Toxic Soil Busters
Members of this youth cooperative for teenagers in Worcester, Massachussetts visit EcoVillage Farm Learning Center in Richmond

 October 27, 2009

Steelworkers Form Collaboration with MONDRAGON, the World’s Largest Worker-Owned Cooperative
The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON Internacional, S.A.  today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in establishing  MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the  United States and Canada.    
For More Information:  Rob Witherell, 412-562-4333, rwitherell@usw.org PITTSBURGH - The United Steelworkers (USW) and MONDRAGON  Internacional, S.A. today announced a framework agreement for collaboration in  establishing MONDRAGON cooperatives in the manufacturing sector within the  United States and Canada.  The USW and MONDRAGON will work to establish  manufacturing cooperatives that adapt collective bargaining principles to the  MONDRAGON worker ownership model of “one worker, one vote.” “We see today’s agreement as a historic first step towards making union co-ops a  viable business model that can create good jobs, empower workers, and support  communities in the United States and Canada,” said USW International President  Leo W. Gerard.  “

Mikel Lezamiz, Director of Cooperative Dissemination, MCC, talks with Mayor Gayle McLaughlin about next steps for Richmond

It is worthwhile to live and work for something besides earning money and accumulating things for oneself. Community with others, peace, justice, understanding, sensitivity, sisterhood and brotherhood are things to be sought and found, and, to attain them effectively in a world of struggle, it is necessary to think of another way to align the people who work and struggle.

--Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta

Necessary conditions for starting cooperatives • Feel the need • Trust each other (through democratic process) • Be realistic • Cultivate strong relationships and connections