All across the world people are in search of jobs. Jobs so they can raise their families and send their children to school. Jobs that provide access to social protection for them and their families. And, jobs in which they are respected, can organize and have a voice. What they want is decent work.
Enterprises play a key role in creating productive and decent work that helps meet the economic and social aspirations of people and their communities. Whether small, medium or large, enterprises – including cooperatives – they are a major source of growth and employment in all countries. Enterprises and the entrepreneurs who run them play a crucial role in creating jobs and reducing poverty.
The ILO has a mandate, recognized in the 2008 Declaration, to promote sustainable enterprises as an integral part of the Decent Work Agenda.”
Guy Ryder, Director-General
International Labour Organization
06 December 2013
This issue of the COOP News includes articles on: The International Day of Cooperatives (IDC); ICA message on the IDC; ILO DG Guy Ryder on the IDC; Cooperatives & sustainable development goals; Migrant workers and SSE; Shinkin Bank translates COOP publication; ILO’s work on tourism cooperatives; Meeting with WIEGO; ILO’s work on women cooperatives in Tunisia; Guide on enterprise conversion to coops; Ri-Maflow in Milan, Italy; My.COOP in Free State, South Africa; My.COOP in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; My.COOP translation to Nepalese; COOP Champions: Rodrigo Mogrovejo; The first cooperative forum in Kyrgyzstan; UN Inter-Agency Task Force on SSE; Study tour for African cooperative leaders; New ILO publications; Noteworthy resources; COOP staff news; and Upcoming events.
06 December 2013
This report summarizes the discussions of the first global workshop on green jobs assessments and related policy implications, held on 4 and 5 March 2013 in Turin, Italy.
05 December 2013
26 November 2013
Greg Vines, ILO DDG, Management and Reform, spoke about his participation at the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) General Assembly and Global Conference in Cape Town, 5 November 2013.
21 November 2013
On 11 October 2013, the first European Union (EU)–Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) took place in Brussels as a joint initiative of the European Commission External Action Service (EEAS) and CELAC. This high-level seminar was organized as a follow-up to the Declaration adopted by the European, Latin American and Caribbean Heads of State and Government who met during the 1st EU-CELAC Summit / 7th EU-LAC Summit Government in Santiago (Chile) on 26-27 January 2013 to address an Alliance for Sustainable Development to Promote Investments of Social and Environmental Quality.
13 November 2013
After more than 30 years of the HIV and AIDS epidemic, “the world has turned the corner – it has halted and begun to reverse the spread of HIV”. HIV is no longer a death sentence; due to scientific and medical advances, effective treatment is available for managing HIV just as any other chronic health condition.
United Arab Emirates
01 November 2013
To show its commitment to facilitating a global transformation to a green economy, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced this week that it will host the first global conference on the UN Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) from 4-5 March 2014.