Cooperatives

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

    Ayşe Turunç Kankal, ILO Office for Turkey in Ankara

    21 October 2021

    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

    Tendy Gunawan, National Programme Officer at ILO Jakarta

    26 April 2021

    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.

Videos

  1. ILC 2022 - SSE Video on decent work

  2. The role of cooperatives in forced displacement (Short Version)

  3. ILO Social and Solidarity Economy in South Africa

  4. Exploring Social and Solidarity Economy’s (SSE) Development in Asia

  5. 1 minute video - Statement by the ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy for the International Day of Cooperatives - 3 July 2021

  6. 4 minute video - Statement by the ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy for the International Day of Cooperatives - 3 July 2021

  7. The COVID-19 response: Cooperatives and other SSE organizations

  8. ILC Daily Show June 17th 2021

  9. Cooperatives and the Wider Social Economy Response to the Future of Work

  10. Technical Webinar: the role of cooperatives and SSEOs in forced displacement contexts

  11. ILO COOP 100 Video

  12. Video message from Ariel Guarco, President of ICA for the #ILOCOOP100

  13. ILO Director General opening message for ILO COOP 100 Symposium

  14. The role of Cooperatives and SSE in the COVID-19 response

  15. ILO at Expo 2020: How cooperatives are transforming rural lives and livelihoods

  16. ILO COOP for the Graduation Ceremony of My.COOP Online Training of Trainers in Jordan

  17. ILO COOP Speech - ICA-HLPF side event, sharing benefits & Youth

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

  19. Cooperatives for Climate Action - International Day of Cooperatives 2020

  20. ILO Statistics on Cooperatives

  21. ILO Our.Coop Training Package

  22. More ILO videos on cooperatives