This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way, and encourage continued support for their efforts. This brief in the series focuses on SDG 10 – reducing inequality within and among countries.
As member-owned, people-centred and value-based enterprises, cooperatives are well-placed to be vehi- cles for promoting equality and inclusive economic development. Their values of “equality and equity” are translated into members’ equal voting rights and access to the products and services of cooperatives, as well as to an equitable distribution of surpluses.
For socially disadvantaged women and men including indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, migrants and refugees, cooperatives not only provide them with affordable services, but also help them cooperate with other partners in communities and engage in social and economic activities towards improved livelihoods.