Cape Town, November 2013. The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) – with the scientific and technical support of Euricse – launches the 2013 report of its global statistical project: The World Co-operative Monitor. In this new edition the Report have been enriched with a new feature: a ranking list based on ratio turnover on the gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.
The report has been developed thanks to the support of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and of the Fundacion Espriu. The project saw the creation of an extensive network of research institutes and agencies with the aim to collect data about co-operatives worldwide and demonstrate the economic and social impact of the largest cooperative and mutual organizations worldwide.
The research team launched the pilot study of the World Co-operative Monitor in 2012, collecting economic and social data on the world’s largest cooperatives and mutuals as of 2010. This year, the Report investigates the evolution of the panorama in 2011.
Of the biggest 300 cooperatives and mutuals surveyed, the total turnover is 2,098.6 billion USD. These top 300 organizations are distributed in 23 countries around the world and are primarily in the insurance sector (41%), agriculture and food industries (28%), and the consumer and retail sector (21%).