Conceptual Framework for Cooperative Statistics

At the 19th International Conference of Labour Statisticians (ICLS) held in Geneva  in  October  2013,  government,  workers’  and  employers’ representatives reaffirmed the importance of obtaining more comprehensive and internationally comparable statistics on cooperatives. Pursuant to this the ICLS adopted a Resolution concerning further work on statistics of cooperatives. The Resolution recommended that the International Labour Office,  in cooperation with the ILO’s constituents and interested National Statistical Offices, carry out further developmental work on the measurement of cooperatives, in particular on the number and characteristics of cooperatives, members of cooperatives, workers employed in cooperatives and value added by cooperatives.  

Since then the ILO Department of Statistics and the Cooperatives Unit of the Enterprises Department have been working together on advancing the understanding of statistics on cooperatives. Through this joint initiative, and in collaboration with other partners, a number of outputs, including an analysis of statistics on cooperatives in more than 70 countries around the world and 11 country case studies, have been produced. The “Conceptual Framework on Measurement of Cooperatives and its Operationalization” is the latest of these outputs which defines and describes key concepts concerning the identification and classification of cooperatives, including a discussion on core components and boundary areas, for measurement.

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