News, stories and statements on cooperatives

  1. Article

    International Year of Cooperatives: In Kenya, working hand in hand with the ILO to create cooperatives and jobs

    31 October 2011

    Cooperatives provide some 100 million jobs around the world. Many of these jobs provide for basic human needs, such as the dairy farms of Kenya. Today, some 13,000 cooperatives in Kenya have some 9 million members. As the United Nations launches its International Year of Cooperatives, Anne Holmes reports on how cooperatives are thriving, and the role of the ILO in their growth.

  2. Statement

    Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, On the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives - 2 July 2011

    02 July 2011

  3. Statement

    Message by ILO Director-General on the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives

    30 June 2011

  4. Statement

    Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, On the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives - 3 July 2010

    02 July 2010

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    Cooperatives and the crisis: “Our customers are also our owners”

    02 July 2010

    Cooperatives have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. Report from Sweden.

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    ILO hails UN proclamation of 2012 as International Year of Cooperatives

    22 December 2009

    The International Labour Office (ILO) hailed the proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly of 2012 of the International Year of Cooperatives as an acknowledgement of the fundamental role of cooperatives in promoting the socio-economic development of hundreds of millions of people worldwide, especially in times of economic crisis.

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    ILO Launches Fourth Call for Proposals to Promote Cooperatives in Africa

    14 September 2009

    The International Labour Organization announced the launch, on 14 September 2009, of a fourth call for proposals to promote social economy organizations based on cooperative values and principles through the Cooperative Facility for Africa (CoopAFRICA) programme.

  8. Statement

    Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, On the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives - 5 July 2008

    03 July 2009

  9. Statement

    Statement by Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Office, On the occasion of International Day of Cooperatives - 4 July 2009

    03 July 2009

  10. Article

    Coops and the global financial crisis

    23 April 2009

    Cooperatives have been more resilient to the deepening global economic and jobs crisis than other sectors. ILO Online spoke with Hagen Henry, chief of the ILO’s Cooperatives Branch.