Cooperatives key to sustainable development, says ILO

Last year ILO Cooperative Unit launched a survey within the international cooperative movement to find out how the cooperative business model is contributing towards sustainable development, how the actors in the cooperative movement perceive the debate around the post-2015 development agenda, and which role cooperatives should play in this respect.

4 September 2014

The findings from the survey show how cooperatives made a difference in achieving sustainable development goals with concrete actions and engagement at the local level.

On the occasion of the International Symposium “Cooperatives and the Sustainable Development Goals: Focus on Africa” co-organised by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the German Cooperative Confederation (DGRV) on 2 September in Berlin, ILO Cooperative Unit Chief Simel Esim explained why cooperatives are vital to reaching the goals of the United Nations’ post-2015 development agenda.

Elisa Terrasi, Development and Studies Officer of CICOPA, took part at this event and shared the results of the report “Cooperatives as builders of sustainable development”, showing the state-of-the-art of worker, social and artisans’ cooperatives in contributing to sustainable development, in the framework of the debated launched by the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda. Elisa Terrasi underlined the substantial role played by industrial and service cooperatives f"or an equal creation and distribution of wealth, mainly through sustainable jobs and community services". Researchers, representative from NGOs, institutions as well as the cooperative movement took part in this debate. It also represented a good opportunity to highlight the need for a coherent set of indicators and other tools in order to assess and measure the contribution of cooperatives to sustainable development.

Download here the report “Cooperatives as builders of sustainable development”.


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