International Day of Co-operatives
06 Jul 2013
First Saturday of July every year: Highlighting the contribution made by co-operatives across the world.
The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) was formed on or around this Day in 1895, and since 1927 has observed the first Saturday of July as International Day of Co-operatives to highlight the contribution that co-operatives make across the world.
The ICA's definition of a co-operative is: "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise". Co-ops range from small-scale to multi-million dollar businesses in over 100 countries across the globe, employ more than 100 million people and have more than 800 million individual members. For further information visit the ICA website at: www.ica.coop.
Each year, International Day of Co-operatives has a different theme - in 2013 the theme is "Co-operative enterprise remains strong in times of crisis". You can find further information, including video clips, at www.ica.coop/activities/idc.html.
Through co-operative systems people can work together to support themselves in moving out of poverty, rather than being dependent on aid, for example. Studying co-operatives can link in with issues of trade, business management and workers' rights.
Find out more about the history and global reach of co-operatives in our page on the International Year of Co-operatives 2012.Add to calendar