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World Co-operative Monitor

Throughout the International Year of Cooperatives, the ICA has promoted and supported a large number of initiatives. As the global voice of co-operatives, ICA determined that the IYC also presented the perfect opportunity to collect data on the largest co-operatives in the world.

Since 2006 ICA has periodically published the Global300, a list of the 300 largest co-operatives in the world. In 2011, ICA expanded the list to include sectoral analysis.

Thanks to the support of Crédit Coopératif, the Desjardins Group, the Indian Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), Organização das Cooperativas Brasileiras (OCB), and the Co-operative Group, ICA has now partnered with the European Rsearch Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) to re-launch the Global300 in 2012 as the World Co-operative Monitor.

The goal is to move beyond the largest 300 and beyond the measure of annual turnover. To accomplish this, ICA will be partnering with other co-operative lists, by country and sector, sharing data where possible and making it available to the co-operative community. This report presents the results of the first edition of the World Co-operative Monitor on the largest co-operatives using 2010 data. This report is intended to be exploratory and does not attempt to be all-inclusive; rather, it is an overview of a significant part of the worldwide co-operative movement.

The development of this new, statistical model for monitoring the size and health of the co-operative and mutual sector was overseen by a specially appointed steering committee of experts. The 13-member committee comprises experts including, from Japan, the head of the Robert Owen Association Akira Kurimoto; from Finland, Panu Kalmi, Professor of Economics at the University of Vaasa and member of the Academic Think-tank of the European Association of Co-operative Banks and Barry W. Silver, Executive Vice President at the National Cooperative Bank in Washington, DC, for over three decades in the Corporate Lending Division.

The third edition of the World Co-operative Monitor has revealed that the turnover of the largest 300 co-operatives has grown by 11.6% to reach 2.2 trillion USD in 2012, equivalent to the GDP of Brazil. The overall turnover of the near 2,000 co-operatives in the 65 countries surveyed by the Monitor totals 2.6 billion USD.

Yoy can view an online version of the Report 2014 here.

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