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Highlighting brilliant case studies within the Urban Context: Koopera

Presenting our new series: Highlighting brilliant case studies within the Urban Context. Our Cities and Regions network has scoured Europe to bring together the best examples of innovation happening within the urban context. The series includes 14 examples from around Europe. 

Koopera is a Social Network of Cooperatives and non-for profit companies officially defined as Koopera Social Network Gizarte Sarea. The network emerged in 2008 in Bilbao as a social cooperative of public utility, although most of the associations and cooperatives that compose the network today have been active since the 1990s.

The objective of the network is the employability and social reintegration of people in situation of risk and social exclusion through activities focused on the provision of environmental services, reuse and recycling, sustainable consumption, training programs, and other activities, which help support this objective. The network follows six important principles based on equality, employment, cooperation, environmental care, non-for profit activities through self- sustainable formulas, where the economic benefits are automatically reinvested in the growth of the network. This formula has derived into an interconnected chain of activities that has transformed Koopera into a circular economic model, where each activity is dependant and influences the next.

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