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What are cooperatives?

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"The ILO views cooperatives as important in improving the living and working conditions of women and men globally as well as making essential infrastructure and services available even in areas neglected by the state and investor-driven enterprises.

Cooperatives have a proven record of creating and sustaining employment –  they are estimated to provide at least 250 million jobs today; they advance the ILO’s Global Employment Agenda  and contribute to promoting decent work."

ILO Cooperatives Branch (EMP/COOP)