The 2016 International Co-operative Day



On July 2, 2016, the International Day of Co-operatives, co-ops committed their support to the United Nations' Sustainable Development goals, or SDGs

The theme of the 2016 International Day of Co-operatives was ‘Co-operatives: The power to act for a sustainable future’. 

The theme emphasized co-operatives’ contribution to the SDGs

Co-operatives are important partners to achieve the SDGs, because they foster democracy, practice social inclusion and operate with concern for the environment, all while having a significant economic impact on the world economy. 

The Alliance called on co-operators worldwide to celebrate the 2016 Day by showing how the co-operative principles and values act in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

What are the sustainable development goals?

During the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, world leaders committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, outlining an ambitious vision for a better world.

They agreed on seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change, all over the next fifteen years.

The co-operative business model has sustainable development at its core, being based on ethical values and principles.

Locally rooted and people driven, co-operatives contribute to sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility.

Pledging our co-ops

The Alliance in 2016 launched its pledge web platform:

The pledge page provides co-ops with ways to to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and to make pledges to implement them in their co-op or their community.

Visit today!