The ILO views cooperatives as important in improving the living and working conditions of women and men globally as well as making essential infrastructure and services available even in areas neglected by the state and investor-driven enterprises. Cooperatives have a proven record of creating and sustaining employment – they are estimated to provide at least 250 million jobs today; they contribute to promoting decent work and advancing sustainable development goals. The ILO activities are guided by the international standard on cooperatives, the ILO Recommendation on the Promotion of Cooperatives, 2002 (R.193).
Focus on this July
International Day of Cooperatives 2016: The power to act for a sustainable future
Cooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals: A contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
1 July 2016
In preparation for the new global development agenda ILO COOP, jointly with the International Co-operative Alliance, undertook an initiative to bring cooperative voices into the debate to better understand how cooperative enterprises contribute to this agenda and the role they could play in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).