Worker co-operatives across continents: Policy and practical experiences from Japan


  12 March 2024 | 10:00 Paris time | 18:00 Tokyo time


In 2020, the Japanese legislature unanimously approved a groundbreaking law focusing on worker co-operatives, providing for the first time a centralised legal framework for the country’s worker co-operative movement. Worker co-operatives are active in many countries, and across economic and social sectors (e.g., agriculture, education, industry, culture, services, infrastructure such as electricity and water etc.). They prioritise the provision of work/employment for their worker-members who also manage the co-operative.

To explore the implications of this law and help chart the course for the future, the OECD joined forces with the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT) for this international knowledge-sharing webinar. Policy makers and practitioners from Japan, France, Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom joined as well as other international experts such as the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) to discuss topics such how to increase its the uptake of the law and maximise the potential contributions of worker co-operatives to addressing social and economic challenges.

Welcome: Antonella Noya, Head of Unit, Social Economy and Innovation, OECD

Opening remarks

  • Akiko Ono, Executive Director, JILPT
  • Yoshiki Takeuchi, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD


Panel discussion

Moderator: Heesu Jang, Policy Analyst, Social Economy and Innovation, OECD

Setting the scene

  • Amal Chevreau, Senior Policy Analyst, Social Economy and Innovation, OECD
  • Yoshio Mizuno, Head of Workers Cooperative Office, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan


International experiences

  • Amaya Delgado, Director, Confederation of Cooperatives of Associated Work (COCETA) (Spain)
  • Jean-Louis Bancel, Co-founder, Global Innovation Coop Summit; Former Chair, CoopFR; Vice Chair, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) (France)
  • John Atherton, Executive Director, (United Kingdom)
  • Hyungsik Eum, Director of Research, International Cooperative Alliance (ICA)
  • Diana Dovgan, Secretary-General, International Organisation of Industrial and Service Cooperatives (CICOPA)


Other publications

This webinar was organised in partnership between the OECD’s OECD Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED) Programme and the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training as part of the Local Development Forum and contributing to LEED’s work on social economy and social innovation





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