Co-operative enterprises
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Facts and figures

Co-operative enterprises worldwide employ 250 million people, and generate 2.2 trillion USD in turnover while providing the services and infrastructure society needs to thrive.

As member-owned, member-run and member-serving businesses, co-operatives empower people to collectively realize their economic aspirations, while strengthening their social and human capital and developing their communities.
Co-operatives contribute to sustainable economic growth and stable, quality employment, employing 250 million (indirect and induced employment not included). Within the G20 countries, co-operative employment makes up almost 12 % of the total employed population.
There are over 2.6 million co-operatives in the world with about 1 billion members.

Share your statistics!

Please send any statistics you have on your co-operative organisation, members and the movement of your country to Mrs Gretchen Hacquard, Director of Membership,

The World Co-operative Monitor, the leading report on the co-operative economy 

The International Co-operative Alliance, with the scientific and technical support of the European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) – publishes an anual report on the co-operative economy – The World Co-operative Monitor.

Co-operatives are significant economic factors in national economies

The fifth (2016) edition of the World Co-operative Monitor reveals that the turnover of the largest 300 co-operatives in the report have a combined turnover of 2,533.01 billion USD in 2014. 387 billion USD of this figure is generated by the co-operative banking and financial services sector (total banking income) and 1,020.8 billion USD from the insurance and mutual sector (premium income).

Co-operatives create and maintain employment

Presented for the first time at the 2014 Summit of Co-operatives, the study “Co-operatives and Employment: a global report” carried out by CICOPA, the Alliance's sector for industrial and service co-operatives, discusses the significance of co-operative employment globally, both quantitatively and qualitatively. It shows how co-operatives contribute to resilient employment, a sustainable economy and the well-being of people at work, making up almost 12% of the entire employed population of the G20 countries. Co-operative enterprises generate partial or full-time employment involving at least 250 million individuals worldwide, either in or within the scope of co-operatives.

Large segments of the population are members of co-operatives

  • In Finland, 72% of the population is a member of a co-operative.

  • In the United States, there are more than 40,000 co-operative businesses with 350 million members (many people belong to more than one co-op) (

  • In Canada, 50% of the population, about 18 million, are members of co-operatives.

  • In Uruguay, about 30% of the population are members of co-operatives, representing about 1 million individual members.

  • In Singapore, about 25% of the population is a member of a co-op, with about 1.4 million members.

The International Co-operative Alliance 

There are close to one billion individual members of co-operatives in the world today. On this basis, the Alliance as the global representative body for co-operatives is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in the world today by the number of people it represents, according to available figures.

The Alliance directly represents 700 million individuals through its approximately 300 members from 100 countries:

  • The countries with the largest number of members represented by the Alliance are the United States, Japan, India, Iran, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Germany, and Canada.

Database of Co-operative Statistics

There is no global-level comprehensive database of cooperative statistics because statistical offices analyse co-operatives differently from country to country. Therefore, it is difficult to get a complete picture. There are some key reports and tools that provide some global data on co-operatives: 

Should you require data for a particular sector or country, just let us know, and we might be able to direct you to the data or contact points.