Publications on Social and Solidarity Economy

June 2021

  1. World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021

    02 June 2021

    In 2020, an estimated 8.8 per cent of total working hours were lost – the equivalent of the hours worked in one year by 255 million full-time workers. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world of work.

  2. World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2021

    02 June 2021

    In 2020, an estimated 8.8 per cent of total working hours were lost – the equivalent of the hours worked in one year by 255 million full-time workers. This summary indicator captures the various channels through which the pandemic has affected labour markets.

  3. ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 17, May 2021

    01 June 2021

    Every month, the ILO COOP eNewsletter highlights recent news and developments on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy and partners.

May 2021

  1. Cooperation among Cooperatives in Action between Japan and Africa - 10 Years of ILO/JCCU African Cooperative Leaders’ Study Tour

    31 May 2021

    This retrospective booklet tells the story of a decade of collaboration between the Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union (JCCU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) through the ILO/JCCU African Cooperative Leaders’ Study Tour Programme. Compared to other study tours, the ILO/JCCU study tour is unique both for its duration of ten days, and its continuity for ten years. This booklet reflects on the experiences of those who participated in the study tours across the past decade and includes messages from ILO/JCCU/JCA staff and highlights from roundtable discussions. In addition, it includes information on the ILO’s work on cooperative development, international and Japanese cooperative movements and the contributions of cooperatives toward achieving the SDGs.

April 2021

  1. ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 16, April 2021

    30 April 2021

    Every month, the ILO COOP eNewsletter highlights recent news and developments on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy and partners.

  2. ILO COOP eNewsUpdate Issue No. 15, March, 2021

    01 April 2021

    Every month, the ILO COOP eNewsletter highlights recent news and developments on cooperatives and the wider social and solidarity economy and partners.

November 2020

  1. Statistics of Cooperatives: Concepts, classification, work and economic contribution measurements

    12 November 2020

    This book on statistics of cooperatives is a joint initiative of the International Labour Office (ILO), Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) and the International Centre of Research and Information on Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC). It brings together updated versions of four background studies produced for the ILO and COPAC in the process leading up to the adoption of the Guidelines concerning statistics of cooperatives at the 20th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) in October 2018. Together with the guidelines, the book is intended to help statisticians to capture more information on key trends and challenges in the world of cooperatives. This publication is celebrated during the ILO COOP 100 Symposium.

June 2020

  1. UNTFSSE statement on “What role for the Social and Solidarity Economy in the post COVID-19 crisis recovery?”

    23 June 2020

    Produced by the members and observers of the UNTFSSE, the statement reflects on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the social and solidarity economy in post COVID-19 recovery.

March 2020

  1. Public Policies for the Social and Solidarity Economy and their role in the Future of Work: The case of Tunisia

    31 March 2020

    This paper studies the case of Tunisia, where a draft framework law on SSE has been formulated and supported by a tripartite process with ILO assistance. This paper aims to describe and explain the overall context and the evolution, from an historical and institutional standpoint, of the process that has fostered a more favorable policy framework. Moreover, it tackles the topic of the role that SSE can play in addressing the challenges of Future of Work in Tunisia.

  2. The contribution of SSE and social finance to the future of work

    23 March 2020

    This publication is the result of a research project undertaken in collaboration between the ILO Cooperatives Unit and Social Finance Programme, with support from the Government of France. The research analyses various Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) initiatives around the world in light of the changes observed in the world of work. The research results highlight that regardless of the countries or the type of SSE organizations, SSE and its innovative financing mechanisms present a potential for creating and preserving decent jobs, creating wealth, reducing social inequalities, and advancing local development.