The International Co-operative Alliance is a non-profit international association established in 1895 to advance the co-operative model.
The Alliance is the apex organisation for co-operatives worldwide, representing 284 co-operative federations and organisations across 95 countries (figures of January 2015). The members of the Alliance are national level co-operative federations, individual co-operative organisations and government offices concerned with co-operatives.
Towards the public, the Alliance promotes the importance of co-operatives’ values-based business model. The Alliance has made available its global strategy for co-operatives to become the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020, in the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade
Yearly, the Alliance publishes the World Co-operative Monitor (http://www.monitor.coop
), the index of the world's largest co-operative and mutual enterprises. The Monitor demonstrates the economic impact of co-operative enterprises worldwide. The third edition of the World Co-operative Monitor has revealed a global turnover of 2.2 trillion USD for the world’s top 300 co-operatives. Co-operatives generate partial or full-time employment for at least 250 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of co-operatives, making up almost 12% of the entire employed population of the G20 countries.
Alliance regional offices
Operating from a global office in Brussels, Belgium, the Alliance is organised with four Regional Offices:
Alliance sectoral organisations
The Alliance further has eight Sectoral Organisations:
- Consumer Co-operatives
- Industry and Services
Vision and mission
The Alliance aims to be prized as the organisation of reference which provides an effective
and efficient global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and co-ordinated action for and about co-operatives.
The International Co-operative Alliance unites co-operatives worldwide and is the custodian of the co-operative values and principles
and makes the case for their distinctive values-based economic business model which also provides individuals and communities with an instrument of self-help and influence over their development. The Alliance advocates the interests and success of co-operatives, disseminates best practices and know-how, strengthens their capacity building and monitors their performance and progress over time.
Strategic plan 2010-2020
The Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade is the Alliance's global strategy for co-operatives across sectors and regions to make co-operatives:
- the acknowledged leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability;
- the model preferred by people;
- the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020.
The Blueprint rests on 5 Pillars where game-changing strategies are necessary in order to meet the goals of the decade. These are:
- Legal Frameworks
Each Pillar has its own specific objective, which co-operatives should aim to achieve if the global co-operative movement is to achieve the goals of the decade.
The Alliance continuously establishes initiatives that facilitate meeting these goals:
- Elevate participation within membership and governance to a new level;
- Position co-operatives as builders of sustainability;
- Build the co-operative message and secure the co-operative identity;
- Ensure supportive legal frameworks for co-operative growth;
- Secure reliable co-operative capital while guaranteeing member control.