Cooperatives

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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 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).

Videos

  1. ILO’s work on cooperatives and women’s empowerment and gender equality

  2. Empowering Women in Waste Management

  3. Cooperatives, Sustainable Development and Decent Work

  4. À l’occasion du Séminaire de l'OIT et de l’Alliance Coopérative du Japon : Activités des coopératives en Afrique Francophone

  5. GSEF2018 Bilbao

  6. ILO's Presentation on tools on Cooperatives

  7. ILO Message for the "Sowing the Seeds: Platform Cooperativism for Asia" Conference in Hong Kong

  8. ILO Statement for the 2nd International Forum on Cooperative Law

  9. Cooperatives and Future of work

  10. Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind

COOP Champions

  1. 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.

  2. COOP Champions

    Charles Bodwell, Enterprise Development Specialist at ILO DWT Bangkok

    11 January 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.