News, stories and statements on cooperatives

  1. International Year of Cooperatives

    Healing pharmacies

    12 November 2012

    As the International Year of Cooperatives draws to an end, ILO News looks at how cooperatives in Turkey offer customers easier and safer access to medicines.

  2. Banking co-ops

    What financial cooperatives can teach the big banks

    05 November 2012

    The success of financial cooperatives during the global financial crisis shows there is a credible alternative to the investment-owned banking system.

  3. Microinsurance

    The win-win potential of microinsurance for migrants

    29 October 2012

    International migrants send home over US$ 400 billion a year, yet they and their families often lack basic social protection. That is where microinsurance can step in.

  4. World Food Day

    ILO says cooperatives key to boosting food production

    16 October 2012

    Agricultural cooperatives – the theme of the 2012 World Food Day – are a vehicle for decent lives and decent work, according to ILO Director-General Guy Ryder.

  5. Social finance

    Giving banks a good name

    19 September 2012

    Is it possible for banks to devote themselves to the financial welfare of workers and still survive financial crises? The ILO looks at the Rokin Bank, a union-led cooperative in Japan.

  6. Statement

    Co-operatives Make a Better World: Remarks by Mr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs

    06 July 2012

    Remarks by Mr José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, Executive Director, Employment Sector, ILO, at the Ministerial Breakfast on “Promoting productive capacity for sustainable livelihoods: the role of cooperatives” at ECOSOC, New York, 5 July 2012

  7. Statement

    "Cooperative enterprises build a better world" - Statement by ILO Director-General

    06 July 2012

    Message by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the ILO, on the occasion of the 90th ICA International Co-operative Day and the 18th UN International Day of Cooperatives.

  8. News

    Cooperatives: Resilient to crises, key to sustainable growth

    06 July 2012

    In a message marking International Day of Cooperatives, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia salutes the approximately one billion people worldwide who are involved in cooperatives.

  9. Article

    Turning waste fruit into a profitable business

    05 July 2012

    Cooperatives have played an important role in Indonesia by helping to boost growth, reduce poverty and promote social cohesion. As the world celebrates the UN International Day of Cooperatives, Gita Lingga reports on a successful project involving rural women in the Maluku islands.

  10. Article

    Cooperatives show the way out of the crisis

    04 July 2012

    Cooperatives have been more resilient to the global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. The UN International Day of Cooperatives, which takes place this year on 7 July, offers a chance for cooperatives to reassert their position in the world economy. ILO News interviews Simel Esim, Chief of the ILO’s Cooperative Branch.