08 Oct 2014
Almost 12% of the entire employed population of the G20 countries works in or within the scope of co-operatives
Co-operatives have been contributing to employment all over the world for decades. Presented today for the first time at the International Summit of Co-operatives, the study “Co-operatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International organization of industrial and service cooperatives, discusses the significance of co-operative employment in the global landscape, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The results show how cooperatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work, making up almost 12% of the entire employed population of the G20 countries. Co-operative enterprises generate partial or full-time employment involving at least 250 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope1 of cooperatives.
Picture: Bruno Roelants, Secretary General of CICOPA, the Alliance's sector for Industrial, Artisanal and Service Producers’ Co-operatives, presenting the study at the International Summit of Co-operatives in Quebec City, 2014.