Co-operative business models have a profound impact on the global economy, fostering collaboration, community development, and sustainable practices. The International Co-operative Business Education Consortium (ICBEC) serves as a vehicle which promotes the value of co-operatives in society, particularly toward addressing market failures, empowering marginalized people, creating employment opportunities and supporting sustainable development. The Caribbean region celebrates a unique culture with a composition of small island developing states being continually impacted by global activity and developments. One
such area is the development of co-operatives utilizing the unique characteristics of the region.

The Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies (CCLCS), located in the twinisland Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, is the only tertiary education institution in the Caribbean region focused on co-operative business education. Co-operatives exists in every Caribbean territory. However, evidence has indicated that co-operative business education and development are not prioritized within these states. The Distinguished Lecture Series presents a tremendous opportunity to bring the global co-operative experience closer to the regional Movement.

As such, to deepen the regional understanding of co-operative businesses and its critical role in development, CCLCS proposes the creation of a Distinguished Lecture Series on Global Co-operative Business in collaboration with ICBEC. This series aims to provide a platform for distinguished experts, thought leaders, and practitioners to share their insights, experiences, and visions for the future of co-operative enterprises. The series will also provide a stream of revenue which can contribute to the funding of the ICBEC Secretariat.

The primary objectives of the CCLCS/ICBEC Distinguished Lecture Series are:

1. To generate revenue and build a platform for collaboration: The revenue generated will serve as a revenue stream for the Consortium and provide a platform which generates and interrogates topics for exploration in co-operative business education.

2. To celebrate co-operative achievements: Highlight and honour the achievements of co-operative businesses and leaders who have made significant contributions to their communities and industries.

3. To inspire innovation and collaboration: Stimulate innovative thinking and collaboration among co-operative entrepreneurs, leaders, and supporters.

4. To inspire future leaders: Motivate students and young entrepreneurs to explore co-operative business opportunities by showcasing successful co-operative stories and leadership experiences, particularly from the Caribbean region.

5. To promote co-operative values and principles: Reinforce the fundamental co-operative values of democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity.

6. To educate and engage: Provide a platform for lifelong learning and engagement for individuals and communities interested in enhancing their existence through co-operative business models.

7. To support curriculum development: Provide valuable insights and resources to educators seeking to expand their curriculum and integrate co-operative business education into their courses.