• 100th International Day of Cooperatives

    Cooperatives Help Build a Better World

    On International Day of Cooperatives Guy Ryder highlights how cooperatives prioritise people and decent work and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.

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).


  1. ILO DG Guy Ryder - International Day of Cooperatives - July 2022

  2. ILC 2022 - SSE Video on decent work

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

  4. ILO Social and Solidarity Economy in South Africa

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

  6. 1 minute video - Statement by the ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy for the International Day of Cooperatives - 3 July 2021

  7. 4 minute video - Statement by the ILO Deputy Director-General for Policy for the International Day of Cooperatives - 3 July 2021

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

  9. ILC Daily Show June 17th 2021

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

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

  12. ILO COOP 100 Video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  21. ILO Statistics on Cooperatives

  22. ILO Our.Coop Training Package

  23. More ILO videos on cooperatives