- Establishment of ILO COOP
- Upcoming events for ILO COOP 100
- Events undertaken during ILO COOP 100
- ILO COOP 100 Interviews
- ILO COOP Chiefs across time
- Feature videos from ILO COOP
- More on the history of ILO COOP
- Useful databases
Establishment of ILO COOPThe ILO’s Cooperatives Unit (COOP) turns 100 on 23 March 2020. The Section of Co-operation, as it was called then, was part of the Director Albert Thomas’s proposal for the organization of the office. He presented his proposal during the second session of the Governing Body (GB) in Paris, in January 1920. In his proposal, he said:
This proposal was adopted unanimously during the third session of the GB in London on 23 March 1920. Georges Fauquet was then appointed as the first Chief of the ILO's Section of Co-operation in June 1920.
Upcoming events for ILO COOP 100 (frequently updated)ILO COOP 100 Call for photos on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) for decent work and sustainable development
The second part of 2020 (TBD)
The ILO has released a call for photos that invites individuals and organizations to submit photos illustrating the contributions of cooperatives and the wider SSE to advancing decent work and sustainable development. The photos will be displayed at the ILO COOP 100 Photo Exhibition to be organized in the second part of 2020. For more details, see here
ILO COOP 100 Symposium
16 and 17 November 2020, ILO Headquarter, Geneva
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of its Cooperatives Unit (COOP), the ILO aims to bring together scholars and practitioners working with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, as well as cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) for a two-day international symposium. For more details including a call for papers, please see here
Events undertaken for ILO COOP 100
- ILO COOP 100 Webinar I - Centenary Launch, 23 March 2020
- ILO COOP 100 Webinar II - Advancing Gender Equality through Cooperatives, 27 April 2020
- ILO COOP 100 Webinar III - Cooperatives for Climate Action, 3 July 2020
ILO COOP 100 InterviewsILO COOP 100 Interview series features past and present ILO colleagues and key partners who have closely engaged with the ILO's work on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy (SSE). The interviews reflect on their experience and contributions in the past and shares their thoughts on the future of cooperatives and the SSE in a changing world of work.
- Jürgen von Muralt, First Director of the ILO's Enterprises Department
- Djankou Ndjonkou, former ILO Specialist on Cooperative Education and Training
- Jürgen Schwettmann, former ILO official and COOP Chief (2000-2006)
- Hagen Henrÿ, former ILO COOP Chief (2007-2011) and Adjunct Professor of comparative law at the University of Helsinki
- Sifa Chiyoge, International Cooperative Alliance Africa Regional Director
- Mark Levin, former ILO official and COOP official and Chief (1996-2003)
- Stirling Smith, SYNDICOOP project
- Joe Connolly, former ILO official
- Robby Tulus, ex-ICA AP Regional Director, cooperative consultant
- Andrew Bibby, Journalist and Writer on cooperatives
- Edgar Parnell, Cooperative Practioner
- Mauro Lusetti, President, Legacoop
- Mr Haruyoshi Amano, Manager, International Relations Unit, Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU)
- Mr Manuel Marino, previous Regional Director for International Cooperatives Alliance (ICA) Americas
- Mr Giuseppe Guerini, President, CECOP
Anna Biondi, Deputy Director of the ILO Bureau for Workers Activities (ACTRAV), was interviewed by the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) for the first episode of its podcast series. She reflects on the historical relationship between cooperatives and trade unions and on the challenges and opportunities for cooperative enterprises in advancing decent work.
ILO COOP Chiefs across timeThe bibliographies and works of the chiefs and heads of ILO COOP across time are highlighted here.
- Georges Fauquet, Chief of ILO COOP from 1920 to 1932
- Maurice Colombain, Chief of ILO COOP from 1932 to 1947
- Goodwin Norman Lamming, Chief of ILO COOP from late 1947 to 1956
- Sailendra Narayan Roy, Chief of ILO COOP from late 1956 to 1964
- Jean Baptiste Orizet, Chief of ILO COOP from late 1964 to 1970
- Desmond Louis William Anker, Chief of ILO COOP from 1970 to 1971
More on the history of ILO COOPILO Cooperative Timeline highlights key events in the history of both the ILO’s work on cooperatives and the international cooperative movement.
The Story of the ILO’s Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No. 193) (ILO, 2015) highlights how ILO’s Promotion of Cooperatives Recommendation, 2002 (No. 193) is being used by the ILO constituents and the cooperative movement. It reflects on the impact of the Recommendation on the laws, policies and practices of countries. The publication also provides a brief account of the ILO’s engagement with cooperative development since its inception in 1919.
Useful databasesNATLEX is the ILO's database featuring national laws on labour, social security and related human rights. You can find over a thousand cooperative laws at your fingertips on NATLEX going as far back as a century. Check it out here.
Labordoc provides online access to all ILO publications, including guides and manuals, reports, working papers and ILO journals. ILO meeting documents, including documents of the International Labour Conference, Governing Body, Regional and other meetings are also easily accessible through Labordoc. There are close to 10,000 entries on cooperatives on Labordoc. The search can be further nuanced by using keywords, type of resource, language, publication date and more. See here.
You can discover e-books, journal articles and other publications across hundreds of databases as well as the ILO Library's collections through LabourDiscovery. Check out over 70,000 items on cooperatives here.