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

What's new

  1. News

    My.Coop gets a provincial adaptation in Peru

    23 August 2017

  2. COOP Champions

    Badra Alawa, ILO DWT/CO-Cairo

    23 August 2017

  3. Countries in Focus on Statistics of Cooperatives

    Statistics on Cooperatives Country in Focus: Brazil

    17 August 2017

Focus on August

  1. Note

    Cooperatives and the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work: Cooperatives and Forced Labour

    1 August 2017

    Domestic work, agriculture, construction, manufacturing and entertainment are among the sectors most affected by compulsory and forced labour.

  2. Note

    A cooperative way for empowering indigenous peoples

    1 August 2017

    The cooperative principles, along with the directed focus of Recommendation No. 193 on inclusion, sustainability and addressing the needs of the community, align closely with the principles that underline the rights of indigenous peoples.

  3. Area of work

    Youth Employment

    1 August 2017