Cooperatives

A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.


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 279 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 Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No.193).

COOP Champions

  1. COOP Champions

    Kerryn Krige, ILO DWT/CO-Pretoria

    22 July 2019

    COOP Champions features ILO colleagues from around the world working on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. It highlights their contributions, and shares highlights of their experiences, current work, and future aspirations.

  2. COOP Champions

    John Bliek, Enterprises Specialist at ILO Office for the Andean Countries

    18 April 2019

    COOP Champions features ILO colleagues from around the world working on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. It highlights their contributions, and shares highlights of their experiences, current work, and future aspirations.

Videos

  1. ILO COOP 100 Video

  2. Video message from Ariel Guarco, President of ICA for the #ILOCOOP100

  3. ILO Director General opening message for ILO COOP 100 Symposium

  4. The role of Cooperatives and SSE in the COVID-19 response

  5. ILO at Expo 2020: How cooperatives are transforming rural lives and livelihoods

  6. ILO COOP for the Graduation Ceremony of My.COOP Online Training of Trainers in Jordan

  7. ILO COOP Speech - ICA-HLPF side event, sharing benefits & Youth

  8. ILO Director-General’s statement for the International Day of Cooperatives 2020

  9. Cooperatives for Climate Action - International Day of Cooperatives 2020

  10. The COVID-19 response: Cooperatives and other SSE organizations

  11. ILO Statistics on Cooperatives

  12. ILO Our.Coop Training Package

  13. More ILO videos on cooperatives