The Co-operative Movement brings together over one billion people around the world.
The United Nations estimated in 1994 that the livelihood of nearly 3 billion people, or half of the world's population, was made secure by co-operative enterprise. These enterprises continue to play significant economic and social roles in their communities.
Below are some facts about the Movement that demonstrate their relevance and contribution to economic and social development.
Also, visit our page on sources of global co-operative statistics