Did you know that we are the first of the second degree cooperatives in Argentina and America?
Yes, we are a Cooperative made up of cooperatives. It all began in the 20's when we started a transforming movement through which, using a cooperative model, we intended to defend Argentine´s primary production against the economic and social reality. On February 16, 1922 in Rosario we set up our organization with the name of Asociación de Cooperativas Rurales Zona Central.
What were the cooperatives that participated in the foundation? Sociedad Cooperativa Agricultores Unidos de San Jorge, Sociedad Cooperativa Mutua Agrícola de Noetinger, Unión Agrícola de Leones Sociedad Cooperativa, Sociedad Cooperativa Agrícola Armstrong, Sociedad Molino Cooperativo de Arequito, Sociedad Cooperativa “El Trabajo” de Devoto, Cooperativa Agrícola de Oliva, Sociedad Cooperativa Agrícola de la Colonia Santa Teresa Estación Totoras, Sociedad Molino Cooperativo de Carmen, Cooperativa Agrícola Tortugas Limitada y Cooperativa “La Vencedora” de Hernando. In 1927, more than 30 cooperatives had already joined this great initiative. As from that milestone, we are the Argentine Association of Cooperatives (ACA). We guarantee the balance between economic growth, social welfare and care for the environment in all the processes we carry out.
We are a participatory and democratic organization which, through a national assembly, made up of more than 450 delegates from the cooperatives, elects the Board of Directors that will lead ACA decisions-making.
Regional Advisory Councils (CAR)
We have 8 Advisory Councils made up of representatives of the cooperatives based in an area: · They advise on the area´s issues and problems related to the production and industrialization of products of the region. · They collaborate with the Board of Directors. · They make suggestions of a general nature.
1) CAR North of Santa Fe
2) CAR Entre Ríos
3) CAR Center of Santa Fe
4) CAR North of Buenos Aires
5) CAR Córdoba
6) CAR Southwest of Buenos Aires, La Pampa and Río Negro
7) CAR Southeast of Buenos Aires (Azul, Tres Arroyos)
8) CAR South of Santa Fe
Together with our Associated Agricultural Cooperatives, La Segunda Insurance Group, Coovaeco, Aca Salud and Fundación Nodos we assume a true identity with the aim of giving rise to a large group of leading Production and Service Cooperatives nationwide. We are a Cooperative Group that came together to give a response to health, patrimonial security, recreation and relationship.
On the other hand, our Related Companies permit us to be present at different links of the agro-industrial chain, reinforcing the geographical presence in the territory.
We preserve our Cooperative origin and are part of the most prominent companies of our activity.
We are 2900 individuals who, in 8 provinces and more than 95 localities, work for the development of our cooperative system. In our plants, offices, ports, industries, or in the fields, our people´s human and professional quality fosters the integration and enhances our businesses in economic, social, cultural and technological aspects.
Together with the La Segunda Insurance Group, Aca Salud and Coovaeco Turismo we created the Fundación NODOS. A common space to contribute to the development of each organization and the communities where we operate, through the comprehensive training and professionalization of its members, maintaining and deepening cooperative values.
NODOS also intends to promote the integration and empowerment of the Cooperative Group, in economic, social, cultural, technological, process and human resources aspects.
ACA has two institutional journals: ” La Cooperación”, a cooperative newspaper that has been published since October 31, 1924 and that reflects the association's economic and social activity.
“ACAECER”, since 1974 a magazine that has brought readers the technological news in agriculture and livestock.
Click here to access the publications.