News, stories and statements on cooperatives

  1. News

    ILO shares its message for a parallel event at the 63rd CSW on empowering women in waste management

    19 March 2019

    ILO has sent a video message for a parallel event to the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on cooperative ways to empower informal women workers in waste management chains.

  2. News

    ILO’s participation in the International Conference on Localizing the SDGs and Co-Constructing the Means of Implementation

    15 March 2019

    The ILO, as a chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE), participated in an international conference on the role of SSE in implementing and localizing the SDGs which took place in the Republic of Korea.

  3. Call for expressions of interest

    A global mapping of responses by cooperatives and social and solidarity economy organizations to forced displacement

    14 March 2019

    The International Labour Organization (ILO) is launching a call for expressions of interest for “A global mapping of responses by cooperatives and social and solidarity economy organizations to forced displacement”. For details please see the document below.

  4. News

    ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No 2, February 2019

    28 February 2019

  5. News

    A key step taken towards developing a social economy policy in South Africa

    28 February 2019

    A draft Green Paper on a social economy policy in South Africa presented at a national consultation conference in Sandton. In a speech to the conference, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder reflected on the relevance of social and solidarity economy organizations and their value-driven, human-centred approaches in addressing the challenges in the changing world of work.

  6. News

    Sri Lanka’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries

    27 February 2019

    With the support of the ILO Local Empowerment through Economic Development (LEED) project funded by the Australian government, two blue swimming crab fisheries in Sri Lanka become the country’s first ever ‘eco-recommended’ fisheries. The five-year collaborative efforts involved the local seafood industry, government agencies and fishery cooperatives.

  7. News

    A youth cooperative launched to develop the honey value chain in northwestern Tunisia

    26 February 2019

  8. Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators

    CLIMBS: Extending mutual protection and building resilience in the Philippines

    26 February 2019

    “Spotlight Interviews with Co-operators” is a series of interviews with co-operators from around the world with whom ILO officials have crossed paths during the course of their work on cooperatives and social and solidarity economy (SSE). On this occasion, ILO interviewed Mr Noel Raboy, President and CEO in CLIMBS, a composite insurance cooperative owned by 4,000 member cooperatives from around the Philippines.

  9. News

    Roll out of Think.Coop and Start.Coop with Cambodian agricultural cooperatives

    25 February 2019

    The Government of Cambodia strengthens agricultural cooperatives using the ILO’s training tools with a view to improving livelihoods of workers in the rural economy.

  10. News

    Participants’ reflections on the 9th ILO-JCCU African Cooperative Leaders’ Study Tour

    21 February 2019

    Since 2010, the ILO, through the Cooperatives Unit (COOP) and its Office for Tokyo, and the Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU) have co-organized African Cooperative Leaders' Study Tours in Japan to encourage the exchange of knowledge and experiences and explore possible cooperation between African and Japanese cooperatives.