Cooperatives


  • Strengthening Social and Solidarity Economy in Asia (SSE)

    The scope, nature and understanding of SSE differs from country to country. In the Asia Pacific region, this knowledge base is still in its initial stages. To support its constituents in overcoming these gaps, the ILO has undertaken an initiative to strengthen national policies - policies that will enable SSE organisations to realise their transformative potential in twelve countries Asia through a 1st (2019-21) and 2nd phase (2021-23) of the project.

  • ILO COOP 100 Interviews

    ILO 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.

  • Cooperatives Principle 3: Participation

    The cooperative principles are guidelines by which cooperatives put their values into practice. The fifth in the series of slideshows for ILO COOP 100 focuses on the third cooperative principle on Member Economic Participation. Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.

  • Cooperative Principle 7: Concern for community

    The seventh in the series of slideshows highlights the seventh cooperative principle: concern for community. Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

  • Cooperatives and Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality

    ILO’s work on cooperatives and women’s empowerment and gender equality spans across many years and includes policy, research and training activities in order to ensure women’s fuller participation in the functioning and governance of cooperatives, providing opportunities for employment and career advancement for women workers, and enabling access for women members to cooperative resources and services such as education and training, financial services, and child care.

  • Cooperatives in Americas

    As part of the ILO COOP 100 photo exhibitions, the ILO is featuring the contributions of cooperatives and the wider SSE to advancing decent work and sustainable development. The tenth in the series of slideshows highlights cooperative action in the Americas.

  • Cooperatives in Asia

    As part of the ILO COOP 100 photo exhibitions, the ILO is featuring the contributions of cooperatives and the wider SSE to advancing decent work and sustainable development. The ninth in the series of slideshows highlights cooperative and wider social and solidarity economy (SSE) enterprises in Asia.

  • Photo competition & exhibits

    ILO launched a call for photos to commemorate the centenary of its Cooperatives Unit (COOP). The selected photos are being featured through slideshows on a range of topics, and made available through the ILO website and social media.

  • ILO COOP turns 100 - Cooperating for social justice since 1920

    In 2020, the ILO's Cooperatives Unit celebrates its centenary. During the course of the year, there will be series of events, publications, and a photo exhibit to commemorate this anniversary. These activities will not only be looking back in history but also reflecting on the future of cooperation and the role of the ILO in contributing to it.

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

    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.

  2. COOP Champions

    Amaal Bani Awwad, National Project Coordinator at ILO Jordan

    21 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. ILO Social and Solidarity Economy in South Africa

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

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

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

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

  6. ILC Daily Show June 17th 2021

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

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

  9. ILO COOP 100 Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  18. ILO Statistics on Cooperatives

  19. ILO Our.Coop Training Package

  20. More ILO videos on cooperatives