Co-operatives sustain a tenth of the world's population

Co-operatives employ almost 10 per cent of the world’s population a new report has revealed.

Based on data from 156 countries, the estimate shows that employment in or within the scope of co-operatives concerns at least 279.4 million people across the globe - equating to 9.46 oer cent of the world’s employed population. The figures are revealed in CICOPA's second global report on Co-operatives and Employment.

Some 27.2 million work in co-operatives, including around 16 million co-operative employees and 11.1 million worker-members. Employment within the scope of co-operatives, comprising mainly self-employed producer-members, concerns over 252.2 million people with the vast majority being in agriculture.

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