The Cooperative Movement
Find out how cooperative enterprise can benefit society & your own collective endeavors
The International Co-operative Alliance unites, represents and serves cooperatives worldwide.
Founded in 1895, it is one of the oldest non-governmental organisations and one of the largest ones measured by the number of people represented: more than one billion cooperative members worldwide.
It is the apex body representing cooperatives, which are estimated to be around 3 million worldwide, providing a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and co-ordinated action for and about cooperatives.
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Are you a performer or gig worker in Europe? The SMart Cooperative can make you hectic life easier
SMart, société mutuelle pour artistes
Social innovation is at the heart of this initiative and its three cornerstone values.
1. Non-profit: Advocating social economy
Our model is based on solidarity and the pooling of means, benefits and economic risks.
2. Need-based: Providing solutions that fit needs expressed
We offer services based on needs and stay affordable.
3. Democratic: Encouraging solidarity, mobility and participation
Our users are our stakeholders and governors.
85.000 members in Belgium and in 8 other European countries: France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary have used our cooperative’s services provided by our 170 full-time employees.
We oppose to the Uberization of our economy
SMart is a platform coop. Basing on the principle of mutualisation, SMart reinvests its benefits in the development of new shared services - sharing economic risks and creating an economy of scale through the pooling of financial and production means.
SMart was set up as a non-profit organisation in 1998 in Belgium. Its founders were convinced that solutions could be designed that would allow creative professionals to work on their projects without being overwhelmed by administrative burdens and the worry of unpredictable cash-flow.
Over the years more and more people with different profiles and from a diverse range of sectors joined the organisation. Nowadays, SMart doesn’t only cater for creative professionals, but more widely for all new autonomous workers, freelancers who have various types of contracts, different incomes and who work in a wide array of economic sectors and professions.
SMart being a cooperative offers a shared structure for these independent workers, who, because of the nature of their work and the ill adapted legal schemes, find themselves in a precarious situation, often lacking sufficient social protection and a community.
Phone: +32 2 542 10 90