The International Cooperative Alliance is the voice of cooperatives worldwide.
It was established in 1895 to promote the cooperative model. Today cooperative members represent at least 12% of humanity. As businesses driven by values and not by the remuneration of capital, the 3 million cooperatives on earth act together to build a better world.
What is a cooperative?
Cooperatives are people-centred enterprises jointly owned and democratically controlled by and for their members to realise their common socio-economic needs and aspirations. As enterprises based on values and principles, they put fairness and equality first allowing people to create sustainable enterprises that generate long-term jobs and prosperity. Managed by producers, users or workers, cooperatives are run according to the ‘one member, one vote’ rule.
The International Cooperative Alliance advocates the interests and success of cooperatives. They focus on the following:
They boost inter-cooperation, bringing together cooperative members, providing support instruments and disseminating know-how.
They are the custodians of the cooperative identity and we endeavour to create an environment that allow cooperatives to be established and grow.
They provide individuals and communities with an instrument of self-help and influence over their development.
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