Co-ops on a global scale

Co-ops on a global scale

Did you know that at least 12% of all people on earth is a co-operator with at least one of the world’s 3,000,000 co-operatives? That includes one in every three Kiwis.

The sheer scale of the global co-operative movement is awesome with co-ops employing one in ten workers – that’s 280,000,000 people.

And, as the World Co-operative Monitor confirmed, the world’s top 300 co-ops and mutuals reported annual turnover of more than US$2,100,000,000,000.

As member-owned, member-run and member-serving businesses, co-operatives empower people to collectively realise their economic aspirations, while strengthening their social and human capital and developing their communities.

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in the world today by the number of people it represents: more than 1 billion co-operative members from any of the 3 million co-operatives worldwide.

ICA, with the scientific and technical support of the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) – publishes an annual report on the co-operative economy : The World Cooperative Monitor. You can download it at

Presented for the first time at the 2014 Summit of Cooperatives, the study “Cooperatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the International Cooperative Alliance’s sector for industrial and service cooperatives, discusses the significance of cooperative employment globally, both quantitatively and qualitatively. Its second edition published in September 2017 and based on data from 156 countries, shows how co-operatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work.


You can also check out the Data Explorer produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC).