Cooperatives

  • ILO COOP turns 100 - Cooperating for social justice since 1920

    In 2020, the ILO's Cooperatives Unit celebrates its centenary. During the course of the year, there will be series of events, publications, and a photo exhibit to commemorate this anniversary. These activities will not only be looking back in history but also reflecting on the future of cooperation and the role of the ILO in contributing to it.

  • ILO Director-General’s statement for the International Day of Cooperatives 2020

    The 2020 International Day of Cooperatives is marked on Saturday 4 July under the theme "Cooperatives for Climate Action" which is closely linked to SDG13. On this occasion ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has issued a statement.

  • Video - Cooperatives for Climate Action

    The International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year. The theme for 2020 is "Cooperatives for Climate Action" which is closely linked to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13.

    This film was produced by Blake House Filmmakers Cooperative and commissioned by the ILO for the 2020 International Day of Cooperatives.

  • ILO COOP 100 Symposium

    The ILO has also launched a call for papers for the "ILO COOP 100 Symposium" to be organized from 16 to 17 November 2020. The symposium aims to bring together together scholars and practitioners working with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE).

A cooperative is 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.

The ILO views cooperatives as important in improving the living and working conditions of women and men globally as well as making essential infrastructure and services available even in areas neglected by the state and investor-driven enterprises. Cooperatives have a proven record of creating and sustaining employment – they are estimated to provide at least 279 million jobs today; they contribute to promoting decent work and advancing sustainable development goals. The ILO activities are guided by the international standard on cooperatives, the ILO Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No.193).

COOP Champions

  1. COOP Champions

    Kerryn Krige, ILO DWT/CO-Pretoria

    22 July 2019

    COOP Champions features ILO colleagues from around the world working on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. It highlights their contributions, and shares highlights of their experiences, current work, and future aspirations.

  2. COOP Champions

    John Bliek, Enterprises Specialist at ILO Office for the Andean Countries

    18 April 2019

    COOP Champions features ILO colleagues from around the world working on cooperatives and other social and solidarity economy enterprises. It highlights their contributions, and shares highlights of their experiences, current work, and future aspirations.