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

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 is partnering with the Japan Institute for Labour Policy and Training (JILPT) for this international knowledge-sharing webinar. Join us to hear from policy makers and practitioners in Japan, France, Korea, Spain, and the United Kingdom, as well as other international experts such as the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) to discuss topics such as how to increase uptake of the law and maximise the potential contributions of worker co-operatives to addressing social and economic challenges.



Opening remarks

Panel discussion


Setting the scene

International experiences



About the event

This webinar is organised in partnership between the 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.



The OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) provides comparative statistics, analysis and capacity building for local and national actors to work together to unleash the potential of entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized enterprises, promote inclusive and sustainable regions and cities, boost local job creation, and support sound tourism policies.

The mission of the Local Employment and Economic Development Programme (LEED) is to build vibrant communities with more and better quality jobs for all. Since 1982, the Programme has been supporting national and local governments through tailored reviews and capacity building activities, as well as research and good practice reports on innovative approaches to local development.

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