Cooperative mission

The International Co-operative Alliance advocates the interests and success of cooperatives, providing a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and co-ordinated action.

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Uniting the global cooperative movement

The ICA serves as a forum to boost cooperation between cooperatives:

  • developing business relationships and partnerships among its members,
  • organising a rich diversity of regional and international events where organisations meet regularly to share ideas,
  • providing support instruments and disseminating knowhow, and
  • facilitating training programmes, events, and publications developed in partnership with cooperative development agencies.

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Promoting the cooperative difference

Working on the cooperative minimum standards or common denominators has continuously remained part of the fundamental mission of the ICA since its creation. It is intrinsically linked to the legislation field, as national regulation having an impact on cooperatives should be first of all aimed at protecting the cooperative identity. More about how the ICA stewards the cooperative identity here

The ICA represents and promotes the cooperative specificity towards media and in multilateral organisations including the United Nations, ILO, FAO, IFAD, the International Accounting Standards Board and the B20 among others.

More on our advocacy mission here

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Developing an economic instrument

The ICA provides individuals and communities with an instrument of self-help and influence over local communities, regions, countries, continents and the whole world through wealth creation and redistribution, democracy, empowerment, and by producing an ever-increasing convergence between the economic, social and environmental components of development.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have the merit of providing us with the first-ever comprehensive conceptual framework on development with precise goals and indicators on which all the states have agreed upon, the SDGs can thus be considered to be a transversal strategic priority for the ICA.

Explore our campaign Coops for 2030 here

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Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade

Cooperatives are currently in the second phase of implementing the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, a strategic document for the global cooperative movement that was approved in 2012 in the wake of the UN International Year of Cooperatives (2012) for the ongoing decade.

While the cooperative decade is closing to a close, the newly elected ICA board is beginning to work on a new strategy for the incoming decade. It is based on a multi-faceted consultation in which most ICA members participated, and consultations with members on this incoming strategy will be pursued in 2019.

Read the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade dedicated page here


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