News, stories and statements on cooperatives

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    Cooperatives

    Global survey shows rising women’s participation in cooperatives

    09 March 2015

    An ILO-ICA joint survey reflects gains for women in cooperatives while pointing to the need for better recognition by governments

  2. News

    Cooperative development initiative on "Socio-economic justice for Bedouin women" in Egypt

    05 January 2015

  3. COOP Champions

    Grania Mackie, ILO Pretoria

    01 January 2015

    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.

  4. News

    Cooperatives and Formalization – A Blog

    12 November 2014

  5. Cooperatives and Trade Unions

    Job preservation through the creation of worker cooperatives: Lessons for trade unions

    08 October 2014

    A new ILO publication presents a series of lessons learned by trade unions and cooperatives in their efforts to prevent the closing of enterprises through buyouts. It provides examples of success stories and documents the enabling conditions that led to success.

  6. International Summit of Cooperatives, Quebec City

    ILO: "Cooperatives can and must play a significant role as value driven enterprises expanding into new and innovative areas"

    07 October 2014

    Keynote address by Sandra Polaski, ILO Deputy Director General for Policy, at the International Summit of Cooperatives Session on Cooperatives and Employment.

  7. © Song Wen / XINHUA 2019

    Coops as employers

    Cooperatives get down to business

    15 September 2014

    From grain handlers to credit unions, cooperative enterprises as employers are assuming a leading role among social partnerships.

  8. COOP Champions

    Kelvin Sergeant, ILO office for the Caribbean

    09 September 2014

    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.

  9. © Andrew McConnell / R. Harding 2019

    Cooperatives

    The cooperative key to sustainable development

    02 September 2014

    On the occasion of the International Symposium “Cooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals: Focus on Africa” in Berlin, ILO Cooperative Unit (COOP) Chief Simel Esim explains why cooperatives are vital to reaching the goals of the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda.

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    Fair economy

    Cooperatives’ considerable clout in the fight against child labour

    14 July 2014

    The coop economy, worth around US$2.5 trillion, plays its part in helping to eliminate child labour – a problem that, although in decline, still affects 168 million children worldwide.