The driving motive for the Mondragon Cooperatives of northern Spain is not earnings, but strengthening community and boosting quality of life. Their considerable profits are secondary.
Sonoma's Praxis Peace Institute has hosted two previous study-tours of the Mondragon Cooperatives, in 2008 and 2010, and has another coming up in September. Institute Founder and Director Georgia Kelly describes some highlights of the trip.
The people-first ethic that drives the Mondragon enterprises is far different than the values of most businesses, in Spain and beyond. For example, Kelly recounts, no worker is ever fired.