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ILO, ICA Step Up Collaboration To Promote Co-operatives, Decent Work

Posted: Jul 3, 2015 at 12:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Co-operative Alliance   have signed  partnership agreement that marks the beginning of a new and more intense phase of collaboration between the two organisations.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aims to contribute to sustainable development by promoting the role of cooperative enterprises in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

It is a revised and updated version of an earlier agreement that was signed in 2004 under the framework of the UN Millennium Development Goals.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, while welcoming the new MoU said: “The new agreement with the International Co-operative Alliance  is a forward-looking exercise fully consistent with the ILO’s 2016-17 priorities recently adopted by our annual International Labour Conference, as well as the Alliance’s Blueprint for a Cooperative Decade.

“ It will allow us to tap into the full potential of Co-operatives around the world as we continue to work towards a sustainable future with decent work for all”.

Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, stated that: “The Alliance is proud to step up its collaboration with the International Labour Organisation.

Co-operatives promote decent work and labour standards because of the democratic checks and balances existing in them.

Decent work is the cornerstone of sustainable development, and Co-operatives – providing over 250 million jobs worldwide – have proven that they can create and sustain quality employment even in times of crisis.

Cooperatives also play an important role in helping small informal economy producers transition towards the formal economy. Co-operatives are an indispensable asset for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they offer an alternative model of enterprise, one that works towards a ‘triple bottom line’ of social, economic and environmental sustainability”.

ICA and  ILO   have worked together to promote Co-operatives since the foundation of the ILO in 1919.

The first Director-General of the ILO, Albert Thomas, was a leading figure in the French cooperative movement and a member of the Central Committee of the Alliance.

Co-operatives directly employ 250 million people in the world, in addition to those indirectly employed due to the economic activity that Co-operatives generate.

The ILO also established a Cooperatives Unit  in 1920 which continues to make major contributions to the work of the Organisation to this day.

When they first met in December 2012 in Brussels, Alliance President Dame Pauline Green and ILO Director-General Guy Ryder agreed to promote the contribution of Co-operatives to decent work and other sustainable development goals, to highlight their resilience to economic crisis and their contribution to women’s equality, and to improve statistics on Co-operatives, among other issues.