Report // CASES | Top 100 Cooperatives (2020)

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Within the scope of its attributions, it is incumbent upon the António Sérgio Cooperative for Social Economy (CASES) to collect “the elements referring to cooperatives or organisations in the cooperative sector that allow keeping updated all elements that refer to them, namely concerning its incorporation, changes in bylaws, activities carried out, annual management and accounting reports” (article 4 (4) e) of the By-laws).

Pursuing this attribution, CASES resumed in 2018 the publication of the ranking of the largest Cooperatives in Portugal, with three editions already – rankings of 2017, 2018 and 2019. This report, entitled “The 100 Largest Cooperatives – 2020” intends to continue this work resulting from the treatment of information related to 2020 collected through the CASES Accreditation Portal and the request, to the competent bodies, for information on the cooperative sector of the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira.

Maintaining the editorial line of previous publications, this report presents the most relevant statistical data for 2020 regarding the 100 largest Portuguese Cooperatives ordered by Turnover and the 20 largest Credit Cooperatives sorted by total Net Assets. In order to show the diversity and richness of the Cooperative Sector, when applicable, the 5 largest Cooperatives by branch are also presented, and among these there are several Cooperatives that do not belong to the 100 largest.

This report also includes a section dedicated to the main economic and financial ratios, comparisons with the previous ranking and the contribution of these Cooperatives to some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN, in particular SDG 8 – Decent work and Economic Growth and SDG 5 – Gender Equality.

In this way, CASES intends to provide statistical information that contributes to greater knowledge and recognition of the Cooperative Sector, of particular relevance for the year 2020 considering the social and economic effects caused by the new coronavirus pandemic.



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