International Day of Cooperatives

The International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. It was first celebrated under the auspices of the United Nations in 2005, though its history as a day celebrated by the international cooperative movement and the International Co-operative Alliance goes back 1923. The aim of the International Day is to increase awareness on cooperatives and promote the movement's successes and ideals of international solidarity, economic efficiency, equality, and world peace. The International Day also aims to strengthen and extend partnerships between the international cooperative movement and other actors, including governments, at local, national and international levels.

Each year the theme of the International Day of Cooperatives is determined by the Committee on the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC), of which the ILO is a member and a current chair (since March 2017). The theme for the 2017 International Day is inclusion, with the slogan of “Cooperatives ensure no one is left behind”.

ILO’s Director-General provides a statement for the International Day. Below are the links for the statements since 2010.

2017

Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies. Message by ILO's Director General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2017 - 1 July 2017

2016

"An old idea, but more relevant than ever in today’s world" . Message by ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2016 – 1 July 2016

2015

“Choose cooperatives, choose equality" . Message by ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2015 – 4 July 2015

2014

“Cooperatives for sustainable development" . Message by ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2014 – 5 July 2014

2013

“Cooperative Enterprise Remains Strong in Times of Crisis” . Message by ILO's Director-General Guy Ryder for International Day of Cooperatives 2013 – 5 July 2013

2012

"Cooperative enterprises build a better world" . Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives – 6 July 2012

2011

“Youth, the future of cooperative enterprise” . Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives – 2 July 2011

2010

“Cooperative enterprise empowers women” . Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives – 3 July 2010