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International Day of Cooperatives

Saturday 1 July 2023

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Operating all around the world, in many different sectors of economy, cooperatives have proven themselves more resilient to crises than the average.

They foster economic participation, fight against environmental degradation and climate change, generate good jobs, contribute to food security, keep financial capital within local communities, build ethical value chains, and, by improving people’s material conditions and security, contribute to positive peace.

Did you know?…

  • More than 12% of humanity is part of any of the 3 million cooperatives in the world;
  • The largest 300 cooperatives and mutuals report a total turnover of 2,034.98 billion USD;
  • Cooperatives employ 280 million people across the globe (10% of the world’s employed population).