About us

The International Cooperative Alliance is a non-profit international association established in 1895 to advance the cooperative model.

The Alliance is the apex organisation for cooperatives worldwide, representing 318 cooperative federations and organisations across 110 countries (figures of September 2018). The members of the Alliance are national level cooperative federations, individual cooperative organisations and government offices concerned with cooperatives.

One in every six people on the planet are cooperators. Through its membership, the Alliance represents 1,2 billion members of cooperatives from any of the 3 million cooperatives worldwide.

The International Cooperative Alliance works with global and regional governments and organisations to create the legislative environments that allow cooperatives to form and grow. Find out more about our global advocacy here.
Towards the public, the International Cooperative Alliance promotes the importance of the cooperatives’ values-based business model. Our global strategy for cooperatives to become the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020 is the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade.
Yearly, the International Cooperative Alliance publishes the World Co-operative Monitor, the index of the world's largest cooperative and mutual enterprises. The Monitor demonstrates the economic impact of cooperative enterprises worldwide. The sixth edition of the World Cooperative Monitor has revealed a global turnover of 2.1 trillion USD for the world’s top 300 cooperatives. Cooperatives generate partial or full-time employment for at least 280 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of cooperatives, making up almost 10% of the entire employed population.


Alliance regional offices

Operating from a global office in Brussels, Belgium, the Alliance is organised with four Regional Offices:


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Alliance sectoral organisations

The Alliance further has eight Sectoral Organisations:

  • Banking
  • Agriculture
  • Fisheries
  • Insurance
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Consumer Co-operatives
  • Industry and Services

Vision and mission

vision and mission


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