Global influence

The International Co-operative Alliance advances the interests of the co-operative movement through work with international policymakers. The Alliance’s advocacy work helps create a more supportive political, legal and regulatory environment in which co-operatives can thrive. The Alliance’s Co-operative Law Committee also advises on matters related to creating an enabling environment for co-operatives.

The Alliance is currently chair of the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Co-operatives (COPAC), a multi-stakeholder partnership of global public and private institutions that promotes and advocates for people-centred, self-sustaining cooperative enterprises, guided by the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainable development. The other members of COPAC are the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the World Farmers’ Organisation. One of COPAC’s flagship initiatives is to improve the quality and availability of statistics on cooperatives. COPAC’s Co-operative Data Explorer houses statistics on co-operatives from the best available sources and reports.

The Alliance also has individual partnership agreements with the FAO and ILO, and participates in the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy and in the Mont-Blanc Meetings.

At the United Nations, the Alliance participates in high-level discussions of relevance to co-operatives through its consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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