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Cooperatives in the Americas

- In Paraguay, 783,000 people or 18% of the population are members of 1,047 co-operatives. These have a 
direct impact on the livlihoods of over 6 million people.

- In Canada, four of every ten Canadians are members of at least one co-operative. In Quebec, approximately 
70% of the population are co-op members, while in Saskatchewan 56% are members (2012)

- In Uruguay, co-operatives are responsible for 3% of the GDP. They produce 90% of the total milk production, 340% of honey and 30% of wheat. 60% of co-operative production is exported to over 40 countries around the world (2011)

- In the United States, 30,000 co-operatives provide more than 2 million jobs (2011)

- In Colombia, the co-operative movement provides 137,888 jobs through direct employment and an additional 
559,118 jobs as worker-owners in workers co-operatives - providing 3.65% of all jobs in the country (2012)

- In Brazil, cooperatives are responsible for 37.2% of agricultural GDP and 5.4% of global GDP (2009)

- In Brazil health cooperatives provide medical and dental services to 17.7 million people, almost 10% of the population (2011)

- The assets of financial cooperatives in El Salvador exceeded the 1,300 million, representing 9.3% of total domestic financial system (2010)

- In Bolivia there are over 1,600 cooperatives that generate more than 32,000 direct jobs and over 128,000 indirect jobs (2008)

- The 6,600 cooperatives linked to the Organization of Brazilian Cooperatives (OCB) have more than 10 million members and provide direct employment to nearly 300,000 people (2011)

- The credit unions in Costa Rica are the owners of an 8.5% of the assets of the domestic financial system (2011)

- Cooperatives in the Dominican Republic with more than 1 million members and provide direct employment to over 40,000 people (2011)

- In Argentina there are about 13,000 registered cooperatives which have 9.4 million members and directly employing more than 265,000 people (2008)

- Agricultural cooperatives in USA have a 28% stake in the processing and marketing of agricultural production (2010)

- In the U.S. rural electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million users located in 47 states, representing 42% of the country’s power lines (2010)

- Argentine Agricultural cooperatives are responsible for over 20% of the national total wheat exports (2010-2011)

- The credit unions of Ecuador have assets by nearly 2,500 million, representing a stake of 9.12% in total domestic financial system (2010)

Cooperatives in the world

- Cooperatives worldwide have nearly 1,000 million members and generate 100 million jobs, 20% more than multinational companies (2012)

- The sales of the 300 largest cooperatives in the world totaling $ 1.1 trillion, an amount comparable to the GDP of some of the major national economies (2012)

Cooperatives create and maintain employment

- In France, 21,000 co-operatives provide over 1 million jobs representing 3.5% of the active working population (2010)

- In Kenya, 63% of the population derive their livelihoods from co-operatives. Approximately 250,000 Kenyans are employed or gain most of their income from co-operatives (2009)

- In Indonesia, co-operatives provide jobs to 288,589 individuals (2004)

Cooperatives are significant economic factors in national economies

- In Denmark, consumer co-operatives in 2007 held 36.4% of consumer retail market (2007).

- In Japan, the agricultural co-operatives report outputs of USD 90 billion with 91% of all Japanese farmers in membership. In 2007 consumer co-operatives reported a total turnover of USD 34.048 billion with 5.9% of the food market share. (2007)

- In Mauritius, in the agricultural sector, co-operators play an important role in the production of sugar, vegetable, fruit and flower, milk, meat and fish. Nearly 50% of sugar-cane planters are grouped in co-operatives.

- In Côte d’Ivoire, co-operatives invested USD 26 million into setting up schools, building rural roads and establishing maternal clinics in 2002 (2004)

- In New Zealand, 3% of the gross domestic product (GDP) is generated by co-operative enterprise. Co- operatives are responsible for 95% of the dairy market and 95% of the export dairy market (2007)

Large segments of the population are members of co-operatives

- In Malaysia, 6.78 million people or 27% of the total population are members of co-operatives (2009)

- In Norway out of a population of 4.8 million people, 2 million are members of co-operatives.

- In Spain, 15% of the population or 6.7 million people are members of a co-operative (2008).