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Which organisations are eligible to become an Alliance member?

We offer two types of membership: national-level co-operatives and organisations that unite or federate groups of co-operatives may become Members while other kinds of organisations that are not themselves co-operatives, but that support them in some way, can become Associate Members.

Those eligible to become full Members are:

  • National union or federation of co-operative organisations
  • National confederation of co-operative unions (apex organisations)
  • National co-operative business organisation with majority individual ownership (a co-operative society working at the national level whose members are not only people but can also be enterprises - i.e. a mixed
  • Individual co-operative organisation (primary or grassroots co-operatives)
  • International and regional (supranational) federations or unions of co-operative organisations(organisations with membership in multiple countries)
  • Mutual organisations that comply with the ICA Statement on Co-operative Identity.

Those eligible to become Associate Members are:

  • Organisations that are not otherwise eligible to be full members, including:
  • Organisations that are supporters of co-operatives
  • Government departments and agenciesOrganisations that are owned and controlled by co-operatives (entities that are not co-ops themselves but that are owned entirely by co-ops (not individuals)
  • Educational, research and other institutions that promote or finance co-operatives and the co-operative movement (training institutions and semi-autonomous institutions with no co-operative members)
  • Organisations entitled to full member status, but that are not ready to apply for full membership (for a limited time).

How does the Alliance’s membership application review process work?

Organisations can apply as a full Member with voting rights or an Associate Member. The Membership Prospectus provides you with more information on which types of organisations are eligible for membership. Membership dues are calculated based on subscription formulae for Members and on a flat fee scale Associate Members, as described in the ByLaws. Members pay an annual subscription based on the number of their individual members (number of individuals they represent through their member societies). You can get a quote by contacting the Director of Membership.

Candidates for membership must fill in a Membership Application Form and provide International Co-operative Alliance with the following documents/information:

  • Rules of the Organisation
  • Annual Report
  • List of member societies /affiliates
  • List of organisational affiliations

The completed form and supporting documents should be sent to the Alliance by e-mail, fax +41 22 798 41 22, or post:

Mrs Gretchen Hacquard - Director of Membership,

International Co-operative Alliance
avenue Milcamps 105
1030 Brussels - Belgium