Espriu Foundation, the world’s fourth-largest health co-operative

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05.07.2013

Espriu Foundation, the world’s fourth-largest health co-operative

A recent study presented during the General Assembly of the International Co-operative Alliance, ICA, held in Manchester in October, indicated that the institutions which make up the Espriu Foundation are placed fourth in the world rankings of health co-operatives in accordance with their annual turnover.

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Across all sectors, the World Cooperative Monitor study also reveals that the Espriu Foundation is among the world’s top 250 co-operatives on the same basis.

The report, generated by ICA and the European Research Institute on Co-operative and Social Enterprise (EURICSE) includes other significant data about the global co-operative movement and reflects the existence of co-operative companies in more than 60 countries with a turnover in excess of 2.4 trillion dollars (1.9 trillion euros).

As for the health sector, the document includes data on 62 co-operatives across 18 countries, with an aggregate turnover of 20.8 billion dollars (16.087 billion euros).

In presenting the study, ICA Director General Charles Gould, stated “with 2 trillion dollars in annual revenue among the 300 largest co-operatives alone, this is a sector that is no side-player, but a major, global, economic force”.

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