"The term 'cooperative' means 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."
R193 Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002
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International Labour Standards
RecommendationR193 Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002
- C29 Forced Labour Convention, 1930
- C87 Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948
- C98 Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949
- C100 Equal Remuneration Convention, 1951
- C105 Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957
- C111 Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958
- C138 Minimum Age Convention, 1973
- C182 Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999
For more information, consult a list of international labour standards relevant to cooperatives (pdf 93 KB).
Please also consult the UN Guidelines aimed at creating a supportive environment for the development of cooperatives, 2001 (pdf 77 KB) and the ICA Statement on the Co-operative Identity (pdf 3.09 MB).
International labour standards can be found in the NORMLEX database.
- European Union: Council Regulation (EC) No 1435/2003 of 22 July 2003, on the Statute for a European Cooperative Society (SCE) (pdf 292 KB)
- European Union: Council Directive 2003/72/EC of 22 July 2003, Supplementing the Statute for a European Cooperative Society with Regard to the Involvement of Employees (pdf 175 KB)
- Ley Marco Para Las Cooperativas de América Latina (pdf 1,64 MB) (in Spanish)
- Organisation pour l'Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires (OHADA). Acte Uniforme adopté le 15 décembre 2010 à Lomé, relatif au Droit des Sociétés Coopératives (pdf 538 KB) (in French)