A second compelling case in point is the great Desjardins credit union federation in Canada.
For example, Holland's Rabobank, the British Cooperative Bank, Germany's co-operative farm banks, the Desjardins credit unions in Canada, and the Caja Laboral credit union -- the `Mondragon bank' -- in Spain are rightly recognised as outstandingly successful providers of financial services.
Outstanding examples of the achievements and on-going relevance of mutualism and mutualist bodies which cry out for attention include -- to name only two -- Canada's Desjardins credit unions and the great complex of manufacturing, retail, financial service and support co-operatives at Mondragon in the Basque region of Spain.
The Desjardins credit unions are now the largest financial intermediary in Quebec and the sixth largest in Canada.
The outstanding commercial success of the Desjardins credit unions reflects their commitment to continuous reinvention -- to constantly adapting their objectives and structure in the face of changing needs and circumstances.
In Claude Beland's eloquent and stirring words: For the Desjardins credit unions, developing stronger business relationships with their members and promoting the co-operative way of life in the communities they serve will remain priority areas of involvement for many years to come.
Like the Desjardins credit unions, Mondragon was founded by a committed adherent of social Catholicism, the Basque priest Don Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta.