World Co-operative Monitor, the economic and employment-related importance of the world’s leading cooperatives

Research Area: Measurement and Impact
Scientific coordinator: Gianluca Salvatori

Project status: on-going

Since 2011, Euricse has been collaborating with the International Co-operative Alliance (the Alliance), the organization that represents the cooperative movement at a global level, on monitoring the size and impact of cooperatives from around the world in all economic sectors. Starting from a previous project, called Global 300, Euricse’s work involved completely redefining the methodological criteria, the investigative scope, the classification categories and the indicators used. The ultimate objective is to develop quantitative knowledge about cooperatives able to combine indicators of economic importance and awareness of the socio-economic roles of cooperative businesses, plus the relative impact on the areas where they operate.


An ongoing goal of the project is to continuously expand and enrich the database, with the aim of increasing the number of businesses being monitored and their geographic and sectorial distribution, and the gradual integration of new categories of data, more oriented towards an understanding of the social impact of the businesses being monitored. At the same time, a report will be produced every year, which will be presented internationally. Starting in 2016, Euricse will also investigate sources and structures of co-operative capital focusing on the top 300 cooperatives from the World Co-operative Monitor. This research, a continuation of the work commissioned by the Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Co-operative Capital and conducted by the Filene Research Institute and authored by A. Michael Andrews, will result in an accompanying publication updating the original Survey on Co-operative Capital report.

Main results

A specific data bank, unique in the world, a starting point for researchers and academics, has been created for the study of the size and relevance of cooperatives in different continents and activity sectors. This tool is particularly effective for bringing the attention of policy-makers to the cooperative world. The database contains data collected through an online questionnaire addressed directly to co-operative and mutual organizations. That data is also integrated with existing databases and other data collected by national associations, research institutes, sectorial organizations and others.

The quantitative knowledge obtained from the data bank has led to a programme of specific investigations, by theme, sector and geographic area, in collaboration with other research institutes.


Since 2011 the research has been presented every year in the World Co-operative Monitor report, now in its third edition. The 2015 report was presented in Novembre in Antalya, Turkey, during the ICA Global Conference.

Read more about the key findings from the World Co-operative Monitor 2015

To submit your co-operative data, please fill in the short questionnaire available at this link. Here you can download the guidelines.

The questionnaire includes questions about economic and social data aiming to take account of not only the economic but also the social impact of co-operatives.  To facilitate its completion among diverse groups of people, the questionnaire is made available in English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.  For more detailed information visit the web page


World Co-operative Monitor 2015

Executive Summary 2015

World Co-operative Monitor 2014

Executive Summary 2014

World Co-operative Monitor 2013

World Co-operative Monitor 2012


ICA – International Cooperative Alliance