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.
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.