The International Co-operative Alliance is a non-profit international association established in 1895 to advance the co-operative model.
The Alliance is the apex organisation for co-operatives worldwide, representing 306 co-operative federations and organisations across 105 countries (figures of November 2017). The members of the Alliance are national level co-operative federations, individual co-operative organisations and government offices concerned with co-operatives.
One in every six people on the planet are co-operators. Through its membership, the Alliance represents 1,2 billion people from any of the 2.6 million co-operatives worldwide.
The International Co-operative Alliance works with global and regional governments and organisations to create the legislative environments that allow co-operatives to form and grow. Fin out more about our global advocacy here.
Towards the public, the Alliance promotes the importance of the co-operatives’ values-based business model. The Alliance has made available its global strategy for co-operatives to become the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020, in the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade.
Yearly, the Alliance publishes the World Co-operative Monitor, the index of the world's largest co-operative and mutual enterprises. The Monitor demonstrates the economic impact of co-operative enterprises worldwide. The sixth edition of the World Co-operative Monitor has revealed a global turnover of 2.1 trillion USD for the world’s top 300 co-operatives. Co-operatives generate partial or full-time employment for at least 280 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of co-operatives, 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:
Alliance sectoral organisations
The Alliance further has eight Sectoral Organisations:
- Consumer Co-operatives
- Industry and Services
Vision and mission
Strategic plan 2010-2020
The Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade is the Alliance's global strategy for co-operatives across sectors and regions to make co-operatives:
- the acknowledged leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability;
- the model preferred by people;
- the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020.
The Blueprint rests on 5 Pillars where game-changing strategies are necessary in order to meet the goals of the decade. These are:
- Legal Frameworks
Each Pillar has its own specific objective, which co-operatives should aim to achieve if the global co-operative movement is to achieve the goals of the decade.
The Alliance continuously establishes initiatives that facilitate meeting these goals:
- Elevate participation within membership and governance to a new level;
- Position co-operatives as builders of sustainability;
- Build the co-operative message and secure the co-operative identity;
- Ensure supportive legal frameworks for co-operative growth;
- Secure reliable co-operative capital while guaranteeing member control.