Who is the Father of Modern Cooperative Movement?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: November 9th, 2023

Robert Owen is considered the Father of the Modern Cooperative Movement. He was a firm believer in providing his employees with a secure setting where they could pursue their own and their families educational goals. In the 1800s, he successfully applied these concepts in the cotton mills of New Lanark, Scotland, and prospered.

Father of Modern Cooperative Movement

An autonomous association of individuals joined voluntarily to fulfill their shared social, economic, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise is what the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) defines as a cooperative. The following are India’s constitutional provisions regarding cooperatives:

The cotton mills in New Lanark, Scotland, successfully implemented these concepts. The first cooperative store was established in this location. As a result of its success, he got the idea to create “villages of cooperation,” where workers would work to lift themselves out of poverty by producing their own food, and clothing and eventually ruling themselves.

In Scotland’s Orbiston and the United States New Harmony, he attempted to find similar communities, but both communities failed.

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