Publications and tools on cooperatives

November 2021

  1. Financial Mechanisms for Innovative Social and Solidarity Economy Ecosystems: The case of Italy

    25 November 2021

    This study presents an analysis of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) in Italy and of the financial mechanisms available to Italian SSE organisations to fund their operations and investments. The analysis is based on the latest available data and research and seeks to present an up to date snapshot of the Italian SSE ecosystem in all of its various components, focusing in particular on the issue of finance for the SSE.

  2. Financial mechanisms for innovative social and solidarity economy ecosystems: The case of Ecuador

    24 November 2021

    This paper analyses the Ecuadorean SSE ecosystem, the main effects of the COVID-19 crisis and the role that the SSE may play in post-COVID-19 economic recovery efforts. The final section presents the conclusions and recommendations to support and develop the sector, focusing on the policies necessary to promote a dynamic and consolidated SSE. Based on different values compared with those of conventional systems, the SSE represents one of the most promising alternatives not only for the development of the country but also for the creation of a model that promotes greater equality.

  3. ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 22, October 2021

    01 November 2021

    Every month, the ILO COOP eNewsletter highlights recent news and developments on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy and partners.

October 2021

  1. Cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy as vehicles to decent work in the culture and creative sector

    28 October 2021

    Recognizing the important role that the creative economy plays in social and economic progress, the UN General Assembly declared 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. The culture and creative sector (CCS), includes music production, movies, theatres and radio broadcasting, with many artists in the sector working in informal and precarious arrangements. With the COVID-19 pandemic, existing vulnerabilities have been further exacerbated, calling for attention to socially innovative organizing and business models in CCS. Social and solidarity economy (SSE) units, including cooperatives, mutuals, associations, foundations and social enterprises, can provide value and principle based services and livelihoods options to CCS workers. In light of the upcoming general discussion on SSE for a human-centred future of work at the 110th Session of the International Labour Conference, this brief highlights how SSE units in the CCS can contribute to advancing rights at work, improving quality of jobs, ensuring access to social protection, and fostering local economic development

  2. Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia - Spotlight on Philipines

    28 October 2021

    This brief is part of the series “Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia” that presents the SSE landscape for six countries in Asia, policy challenges and preliminary pathways for strengthening SSE in the region. The research is part of the ILO project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Policy in Asia,” implemented in partnership with the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL). This brief is focused on the Philippines.

  3. Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia - Spotlight on China

    28 October 2021

    This brief is part of the series “Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia” that presents the SSE landscape for six countries in Asia, policy challenges and preliminary pathways for strengthening SSE in the region. The research is part of the ILO project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Policy in Asia,” implemented in partnership with the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL). This brief is focused on China.

  4. Improved working conditions, productivity and income for formalized women tanners

    26 October 2021

    This document is part of a series of case studies by the Enterprises Department of the ILO. Each case study presents one or several approaches that contribute to enterprise formalization across the world.

  5. Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia - Spotlight on Malaysia

    07 October 2021

    This brief is part of the series “Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia” that presents the SSE landscape for six countries in Asia, policy challenges and preliminary pathways for strengthening SSE in the region. The research is part of the ILO project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Policy in Asia,” implemented in partnership with the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL). This brief is focused on Malaysia.

  6. Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia - Spotlight on Japan

    07 October 2021

    This brief is part of the series “Mapping the Social and Solidarity Economy Landscape in Asia” that presents the SSE landscape for six countries in Asia, policy challenges and preliminary pathways for strengthening SSE in the region. The research is part of the ILO project “Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) Policy in Asia,” implemented in partnership with the Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency (KoSEA) and supported by the Korean Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL). This brief is focused on Japan.

  7. ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 21, September 2021

    01 October 2021

    Every month, the ILO COOP eNewsletter highlights recent news and developments on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy and partners.