Facts and figures
Co-operation is not a marginal phenomenon. More than 1,2 billion people, one in every six people on the planet, are members of any of the 3 million cooperatives in the world! They are strong and healthy: the Top 300 cooperatives and mutuals report a total turnover of 2,2 trillion USD, according to the World Co-operative Monitor (2017). For example, according to federally-supported research by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, co-ops inject 3 trillion USD into the U.S. economy every year.
Cooperatives contribute to sustainable economic growth and stable, quality employment, employing 280 million people across the globe, in other words 10% of the world’s employed population.
Cooperatives are enterprises based on ethics, values and principles that put the needs and aspirations of their members above the simple goal of maximizing profit.
Through self-help and empowerment, reinvesting in their communities and concern for the well-being of people and the world in which we live, cooperatives nurture a long-term vision for sustainable economic growth, social development and environmental responsibility.
As member-owned, member-run and member-serving businesses, cooperatives empower people to collectively realize their economic aspirations, while strengthening their social and human capital and developing their communities.
In Curacao more than 35,000 people are member of a cooperative.