Active in: Y - Socio-economic Development with member co-operatives, as meso-level organisations, in many other sectors.

Summary Description

Founded in 1895, the International Co-operative Alliance is an independent, non-governmental organisation which unites, represents and serves co-operatives worldwide. It is the largest non-governmental organisations in the world.

ICA members are national and international co-operative organisations in all sectors of activity including agriculture, banking, fisheries, health, housing, industry, insurance, tourism and consumer co-operatives. Currently, ICA has 267 member organisations from 96 countries, representing approximately 1 billion individuals worldwide.


Aim & Objectives

Promoting and defending the Co-operative Identity, ensuring that co-operative enterprise is a recognised form of enterprise that is able to compete in the marketplace.

ICA's Priorities:

Claims & Core Values

The recognition of the significant contribution of co-operatives to economic, social and cultural development at both the national and international level.

Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.



See ICA Activities and, with the United Nations, International Year of Co-operatives or, in the Actor Atlas: 2012 International Year of Co-operatives.