Statistics on cooperatives

Statistics on cooperatives are essential to quantify the impact of cooperatives on their members and the economy as a whole. Currently reliable and comparable statistics on cooperatives are missing in most countries of the world. The ILO, in collaboration with its constituents and a number of national and international partners, is working towards developing guidelines on the measurement of cooperatives, both in terms of employment and economic value added.

ILO’s Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No. 193) states that national policies should “seek to improve national statistics on cooperatives with a view to the formulation and implementation of development policies”. To reaffirm this, the 19th Session of the International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in 2013 included cooperatives in the Conference agenda for the first time in its history. The discussion converged towards the need for accurate, reliable, relevant and comparable statistics on the economic and social impact of cooperatives on the economies.

A Resolution was passed with a view to carry out further developmental work on the measurement of cooperatives and carry out pilot studies in a number of countries to test various measurement approaches on collecting data on cooperatives. The work is ongoing in collaboration with ILO’s constituents as well as with a number of national and international partners, including the members of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). ILO will report on the advancements on this area of work at the 20th ICLS in 2018.