The public value account contribution of EUR 9.00 per quarter is an additional membership fee for members of the cooperative with at least one public value account. You pay it directly to us, the Cooperative for the Common Good. With this you finance our sales of the public value account and promote the development of other products as well as our educational and civil society activities. Members who only use public interest savings accounts and students are exempt from the public interest account contribution.
Economy and market
In this interview with Louisa Clarence-Smith of the Extraenviromentalist collective , Donnie Maclurcan, co-founder of the Post Growth Institute, shares his vision for the future: a sustainable system based on dynamic cooperatives and nonprofits. He pays special attention to his vision of what a post-growth world would look like and the five key strategies for achieving it.
It is unavoidable to pay the debts contracted… isn’t it? David Graeber, an anthropologist and leading figure in the Occupy movement, believes it is time to question the validity of this moral claim. Graeber proposes a new perspective on debt and recovers the concept of the debt jubilee.
In the highlands, north of the Mexican capital, there is sun all day long, more than three hundred days a year. When Gregorio came from Germany to do a social year in the diocese of Tula, he only knew the climate of his home land. It became a lifelong challenge for the young man to discover and further develop ways to use the energy provided by nature. He man-aged to locally manufacture a solar heater, a pioneering model in its time that can still be found on the roofs of many hotels and residences in the area.
Since then, inventions have become the guiding thread of Gregorio’s life, a self-taught man with a long life. With his company Trinysol, he remains true to his motto: “Concentrated solar power for everyone and everywhere”, with unique approaches.
Your food is organic, your electricity is eco – and who do you trust with your money?
The cooperative for the common good is committed to a sustainable monetary and financial system – we call it one that is oriented towards the common good. Around 4,000 people support this project with their membership. You can find out more here .
If you want your bank balance to do something useful, you’ve come to the right place: For every euro in your public interest account, our partner, the Environment Center of Raiffeisenbank Gunskirchen, guarantees the same amount of funding for public interest projects. This is what its environmental guarantee, which has been tested for the common good, stands for.
What your money does
The more money we withdraw from conventional cash flows and feed it to the environmental center of the Raiffeisenbank Gunskirchen, the more projects oriented towards the common good can be financed. Sign up for the Public Value Account newsletter to get ongoing insights into how the future will be made more suitable for grandchildren!
You can find a list of the specifically funded projects on the Environment Center’s website .
The Common Good Account Cycle
To the common good!
The Environment Center of the Raiffeisenbank Gunskirchen
The environmental center is our cooperation partner for opening your public interest account. Like a “bank within a bank”, the environmental center is part of the Raiffeisenbank Gunskirchen in Upper Austria. By the end of 2021, the environmental center had invested a loan volume of 60 million euros in ecological and social projects in accordance with the environmental guarantee that was tested for the common good. The environmental guarantee is a precisely defined catalog of criteria for the financing worthiness of projects and companies.
The environmental center has received the following awards for its pioneering work:
- 2015 Climate Protection Award – Top 4
- Energy Globe 2016: Winner, Earth category
- 2017: Upper Austria State Prize for Environment and Sustainability
- Energy Globe 2018: honorary award, category air
- 2018: Public good seal for the environmental guarantee
- 2020: Austrian eco-label for sustainable savings and giro products
In the “Spargutbuch” sustainability ranking of the Association for Consumer Information (VKI), the environmental center is in 1st place. You can find out more at https://www.umweltcenter.at
The team around Managing Director Hubert Pupeter (2nd from left)
Raiffeisenbank Gunskirchen – Environment Center
The Society for the Common Good
The cooperative for the common good is the platform for people and organizations with a common interest in money and finance in Austria. Our goal is to align the monetary economy with the common good.
To join: A share certificate costs 25 euros, from two shares you are in. The one-off registration fee is EUR 20. The regular cooperative contribution is 60 euros per year. You can halve or double it at your discretion.
You can find out more at www.gemeinwohl.coop
Tejashwi Pathak’s Baudhanchal self-help group helps women in the east Uttar Pradesh district to make handicrafts from banana waste and sell them for a living
The Mezquital Valley, in the Mexican highlands above two thousand meters above sea level, 4 hours north of Mexico City, has been for centuries the most important production area of aguamiel, the sweet juice harvested from magueys, appreciated since the times of the Aztec Empire. The climate, with a lot of sun during the day and cold nights, as well as the semi-desert vegetation favor the use of maguey and nopal cactus. The indigenous Hñähñu families, the original inhabitants of the valley, planted maguey
(agave salmiana) and nopal cactus, producing pulque, the fermented drink made from aguamiel and maguey honey, a concentrated sweetener of the aguamiel (mead: an alcoholic drink made from honey). The colony and then modernity seemed to put an end to this cultural work, but there seems to be a rebirth of this ancestral agriculture, rejuvenated thanks to innovation.