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Established in 1997, iCOOP KOREA is consumer co-operative federation to promote ethical consumption and production on business consumers and producers manage together. Members’ co-operation and participation lead iCOOP KOREA to create an alternatives to meet members’ needs and issues in everyday life. Disclosure of information, effective management system, and members’ selection of products contribute to heighten Korean food safety standards. iCOOP KOREA practices ethical consumerism ‘to protect ourselves, our neighbors and the world’ for happiness of all members.

1.Quality of Life for Members
iCOOP KOREA has developed special policies in order to make safe organic products. We build confidence in our members through scientific and detailed management of safe and high quality products, based on three-stage inspection system, A mark (iCOOP KOREA’s independent certification system) and food inspection center, and all information is always open to members.
In 2012, iCOOP KOREA supported members by lowering price on over 120 everyday items and Korean native wheat products. Maintaining proper consumption through price reduction leads to establish stable production base and create more jobs. Implemented from 2010, Price stabilization fund has been used when the price of primary agricultural products soars in the market.

2. Ethical Consumption
Started in May 2011, the pre-purchase of domestic grain fund is the unique way of co-operation to promote the stable production of primary agricultural products. Members pay their purchases in advance, to help producers’ stable farming. The fund collected by members is used as the farming capital in spring and the purchasing capital in autumn.
iCOOP KOREA has imported fair trade products from 7 countries. Through iCOOP fair trade fund, we repaired the town library and provided trucks and books to Rotutu village in East Timor in 2010. In 2011, Mascobado sugar mill was built in Panay, Philippines by fundraising campaign of members.
We has promoted the movement for Korean native wheat to increase food self-sufficiency and save environment. When 1kg of wheat grows up, 3kg of carbon dioxide is consumed and 2.5kg of oxygen is produced. From 2006, iCOOP KOREA's Natural Dream stores have been operated with bakery using healthy Korean native wheat.

3. Ethical Production
We make our own products so that we can keep our promise to protect the health of members with safe agricultural products and to supply a variety of products to meet members’ needs. Our main business for past 16 years has been the distribution of agricultural products and processed foods, but we develop our own products in order to build up the members’ confidence in iCOOP KOREA. Members, producers and staffs invest to the food processing factories which are built as subsidiaries of iCOOP KOREA but operated independently.

4. Creating Jobs
The year 2012 was a difficult time for Korean retail market. However, iCOOP KOREA hired 248 new employees in 2012, and currently the number of total staffs are 1,468(as of January 2013). 20.3% of the employment growth is showing the sustainability of co-operatives even in the economic downturn. Additionally iCOOP KOREA set up welfare system to secure employment of 70 year-old after retirements and keep job security in the financial crisis.

5. Education and Autonomy
iCOOP KOREA promotes dynamic educational activities in accordance with the 5th principle of co-operative and organizes various education courses to train human resources needed for the development of cooperatives including elected board members, producers and employees of member co-ops and business parts. Lectures by iCOOP KOREA were held 8,142 times, attracting total 76,102 members and citizens in 2012. 75 member co-ops nationwide opened 1,151 lectures for community people.
Out of total 75 member co-ops, 64 member co-ops are corporate bodies based on the Consumer Co-operative Act and operated autonomously by elected members. Average 9.8 elected members actively take parts in their member co-ops and about 2.4% of the total members are active members who engaged enthusiastically in food safety, the expansion of democracy, and solidarity with the socially disadvantaged in their member co-ops. Board members who completed board member courses held by iCOOP KOREA to increase their responsibilities are amount to 64% of total 451 board members. Intensive curriculum for board members, which started newly in 2012, brings energies to their activities. Town meetings and clubs in member co-ops are held about 1,534 times per month and 8,179 members, 6.3% of total members, participated in them.