News, stories and statements on cooperatives

  1. News

    ILO contributes to the Global Youth Forum Cooperative Entrepreneurship through a video message

    10 February 2020

    The message from ILO COOP Unit Manager focused on the current concerns around youth employment and the role cooperatives can play in creating work opportunities and better working conditions for youth.

  2. News

    ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 1, January 2020

    31 January 2020

  3. News

    A Cooperative Support Programme in the OPT is launched with support from the Italian Government

    31 January 2020

    The Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has pledged to provide support to the ILO for the creation of a cooperative system and social entrepreneurship as vehicles from inclusive and sustainable development in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (oPt).

  4. Article

    ILO COOP turns 100 - Towards a cooperative future of work

    31 January 2020

    Established through a decision of the third session of the ILO’s Governing Body in March 1920, ILO COOP marks its Centenary in 2020. This page provides highlights on the history of the Unit.

  5. News

    Australian cooperatives and mutuals step up to support the bushfire affected communities

    22 January 2020

    As the bushfire crisis continues in Australia, ILO COOP hears from the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) on how the cooperatives and mutuals have contributed to recovery efforts for the affected communities.

  6. ILO COOP 100 Interview

    Jürgen von Muralt, former Director of the ILO's Enterprises Department

    21 January 2020

    Established in March 1920, the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit marks its Centenary in 2020. On this occasion, the ILO COOP 100 Interview series features past and present ILO colleagues and key partners who were closely engaged in the ILO's work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). The interview reflects on their experience and contributions in the past and shares their thoughts on the future of cooperatives and the SSE in a changing world of work.

  7. News

    Strengthening cooperatives towards socio-economic development in Timor-Leste

    21 January 2020

    The ILO conducted a training workshop with members of a union-supported cooperative in Timor-Leste on how to establish cooperatives based on community needs and how to put cooperative principles into practice.

  8. News

    Uruguayan Chamber of Senators approves a law on the social and solidarity economy

    09 January 2020

    The law aims to advance the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in the country by establishing the definition and providing a regulatory and promotional policy framework for the SSE.

  9. News

    ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 12, December 2019

    20 December 2019

  10. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    Brightly® – Scaling up worker cooperatives through the franchise model

    19 December 2019

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths during the course of their work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, the ILO interviewed Ms. Maru Bautista, Director of the Cooperative Development Programme at the Center for Family Life, on Brightly®, the first worker cooperative franchise in the United States.