International Co-operative Alliance
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is an independent, non-governmental organization established in 1895 to unite, represent and serve co-operatives worldwide. It provides a global voice and forum for knowledge, expertise and coordinated action for and about co-operatives.
Alliance’s members are international and national co-operative organizations from all sectors of the economy, including agriculture, industry, services, banking, retail, fisheries, health, housing, and insurance. The Alliance has members from one hundred countries, representing one billion individuals worldwide. Several hundred million people draw all or part of their income from a co-operative.
The Alliance is the guardian of the co-operative definition, values and principles enshrined in the Statement on the Cooperative Identity and included in the ILO Recommendation 193/2002 on the Promotion of Cooperatives.
Social and Solidarity Economy at the Alliance
Co-operative enterprises are a major part of the social economy. As a values-based and people-centred model of enterprise, co-operatives contribute to the sustainable development of the communities where they operate.
The International Co-operative Alliance has a role of promoting the co-operative model globally and, with that, promoting and supporting the role of this part of the social economy. To that end, the Alliance has published a Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade where it sets a vision for the co-operative movement to become the acknowledge leader in economic, social and environmental sustainability, the model preferred by people and the fastest growing form of enterprise by 2020. The Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade identifies five strategic areas that are the core work of the Alliance: participation, sustainability, identity, capital and legal frameworks.
Relevant publications and outputs
- Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade
- Co-operative Growth Report for the 21st Century
- Co-operatives and the Sustainable Development Goals – a brief
- Co-operatives and Sustainability, an investigation into the relationship
- World Co-operative Monitor