Facts & figures
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).