The European Research Institute on Cooperative and Social Enterprises (Euricse) and the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) are calling on co-operatives to contribute to the World Co-operative Monitor.
The annual index gathers data on co-operatives of all sizes across all continents, demonstrating the important role of co-ops in the world economy. It also aims to create a network between co-operatives and mutuals within the World Co-operative Monitor for greater sharing of information, business intelligence and business opportunities.
The 2014 questionnaire is now available for completion at www.monitor.coop. The ICA and Euricse are asking co-operators to fill in the questionnaire and to also encourage other members of other co-operatives in their counties to participate.
To fill in the questionnaire, members will only need a copy of the annual report of their organisation. This will enable them to provide general information about the organisation, as well as social and economic data.
Published in 2012, the first edition of the Monitor marked the International Year of Co-operatives. The second edition was unveiled at ICA’s General Assembly in Cape Town in November last year. Both reports are available online.
The monitor is based on a survey designed by the International Co-operative Alliance in association with Euricse. By providing data on the world’s top 300 co-operatives, the Monitor increases the visibility of the movement within the business world, policy makers and the public. It also showcases best practices by highlighting successful co-operative models and innovative approaches.
Last year, the Monitor revealed that the world’s top 300 co-operatives had achieved a turnover on USD $2,097 in 2011. The results of the study confirmed an increase from 2010, when the top 300 co-operatives in the world had had a turnover of USD $1,975. The Monitor gathered data on 2,032 co-operatives from across 56 countries.