Cooperative enterprises formally declare their commitment to sustainable development


In the context of the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives, cooperative and mutualist enterprises reflected on their ability to act on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

Cooperatives and mutuals represent more than 2.5 million enterprises, 1.5 billion members and provide over 250 million jobs. They are a powerful lever to support the deployment of sustainable development strategies and help resolve major global issues.

The Declaration of the 2016 International Summit of Cooperatives proposes ambitious goals that demonstrate the relevance and contribution of cooperative and mutualist enterprises to the achievement of sustainable goals. Together, the participants proposed 748 current projects and ideas and identified five main areas where the cooperatives’ power to act can be put to good use. The Declaration ratifies their commitments in food security, employment, access to health care and social services, poverty and financial inclusion, and climate change and sustainable development.

The President of the International Cooperative Alliance, Monique F. Leroux, intends to present the Declaration to the United Nations, officially confirming the commitment of cooperative and mutualist enterprises to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Alliance will deploy the necessary mechanisms to track the progress of the projects. The world cooperative movement will facilitate the 2030 Platform and make a tangible contribution to the introduction of solutions around the world.

The Declaration will be sent to all international organizations and major associations of cooperatives and mutuals.

Thank you for participating in the collaborative workshops during the Summit, which made it possible to define these solutions, and for sending your comments, which improved the Preliminary Declaration.

The cooperatives are showing their power to act to transform our world.