Publications and tools on cooperatives

June 2014

  1. Cooperative movement engagement in sustainable development and the post-2015 process: Survey findings

    27 June 2014

    In order to bring cooperative voices into the discussion around the post-2015 development agenda, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) have launched an initiative on the contribution of cooperatives to sustainable development. This brief reports on the results of an online survey that investigated the current and potential contributions of cooperatives to sustainable development.

May 2014

  1. ILO and Cooperatives - ILO COOP NEWS No. 1, 2014

    19 May 2014

    This issue of the COOP News includes articles on various events, projects, trainings and meetings related to the work of the ILO's COOP Unit between January and March, 2014.

April 2014

  1. Cooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals: A Contribution to the Post-2015 Development Debate. A policy brief

    08 April 2014

    This brief summarizes the main findings of a forthcoming report of the same title, by Frederick O. Wanyama of Maseno University in Kenya, prepared as part of ILO’s contribution to the initiative on the contribution of cooperatives to sustainable development.

  2. Trade unions and worker cooperatives: Where are we at?

    01 April 2014

    Last May, ACTRAV and the ILO cooperative branch held a seminar on the topic of relations between trade unions and worker cooperatives. The goal was to re-examine the relationship between the two movements by taking stock of recent initiatives around the world. To be sure, the relationship between trade unions and cooperatives is as long as the history of trade unions. In fact, it is fair to say that the first associations of workers that emerged in Europe looked more like cooperatives than trade unions.

December 2013

  1. Providing clean energy and energy access through cooperatives

    20 December 2013

    This publication is a collection of case studies on cooperatives in energy production, distribution and consumption as a contribution to the on-going search for ways in which the goal of sustainable Energy for All can be turned into a reality.

September 2013

  1. Cooperatives offer migrant workers options for better lives

    19 September 2013

    Cooperative enterprises have improved the lives of women and men migrant workers and their families for decades. Migrants find income and jobs, access affordable goods and services and find empowerment through cooperative enterprises, participating in the cooperative movement. Moreover, cooperative enterprises are facilitating economic, social and cultural integration or re-integration of migrant workers in both destination and home countries.

April 2013

  1. Social and Solidarity Economy: An opportunity to enhance youth employment

    08 April 2013

    Social and Solidarity Economy Academy, 8-12 April 2013, Agadir, Morocco

March 2013

  1. Resilience in a Downturn: The power of financial cooperatives

    20 March 2013

    This report reviews the performance of financial cooperatives, looking in particular at the aftermath of the 2007-2008 crisis and the continuing long austerity period. It explains why financial cooperatives have proven to be more resilient pointing to the specificities of the cooperative model of enterprise.

December 2012

  1. A better future for young people: What cooperatives can offer

    11 December 2012

    Information brief on cooperatives

  2. A cooperative future for people with disabilities

    04 December 2012

    This issue brief produced during the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives 2012 highlights how and why the cooperative form of enterprise can cater to the economic and social needs of persons with disabilities.