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Resource guide on cooperatives

Select to magnify the image "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


Fundamental Conventions

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.

Regional Standards


There are no statistical databases on cooperatives available yet. However, users may consult selected statistical data relevant to cooperatives (pdf 85 KB), compiled by the ILO Bureau of Library and Information Services in close collaboration with the ILO Cooperatives branch (EMP/COOP), from ILO publications, official government and international organizations sources.

In the media

News and articles

World of Work, the magazine of the ILO

Statements and speeches

Case studies

Bulletins of the ILO Cooperatives branch (EMP/COOP)

Fact sheets

Events and meetings

Catalogue and Repository

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UN International Year of Cooperatives 2012

International Day of Cooperatives
6th July 2013

ILO Global Job Crisis Observatory

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