Resolution on Participatory Democracy in the Co-operative Movement

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                         January 1996

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                       Resolution on 
     Participatory Democracy in the Co-operative Movement
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(submitted by KF Sweden, amended by JCCU, Japan, on behalf of
the International Joint Project on Participatory Democracy in
the Co-operative Movement and approved by the ICA General
Assembly 95) 


The Centennial Congress of the ICA, at its meeting in
Manchester in September 1995:

COMMENDS       the initiative of the International Joint
               Project on Participatory Democracy in the
               Co-operative Movement, involving Canada, Italy,
               Japan, U.K. and Sweden;

ACKNOWLEDGES   the difficulties faced by co-operators the
               world over to find methods for and good
               examples of active member participation in more
               complex business structures, under tougher
               competition, and relatively lacking in young
               members;

EMPHASISES     the need of co-operators to positively
               influence the living conditions of members
               through new and existing ways of developing
               participatory democracy so that our values,
               ideas, and activities contribute significantly
               to democratic development for justice and
               solidarity;

CONFIRMS       the group's finding that participatory
               democracy (members' participation, commitment,
               and involvement) must be integral to
               co-operative activities and continually
               developed as core conditions for business and
               society change;

REMINDS        co-operators that participatory democracy is
               never fixed once and for all but must be
               continuously recast and reconquered;

ACCEPTS        the final report of the project group,
               comprising
               (1)  a description of the consumers'
                    co-operative movement (retailing)in each
                    country,
               (2)  case studies from each country focusing on
                    increasing member involvement and
                    participatory democracy, and
               (3)  conclusions and recommendations;

RECOMMENDS     further study by co-operators in the five areas
               of the project:
               (1)  expanding members' participation,
               (2)  the relationship between members and
                    management,
               (3)  innovation of organisational structure,
               (4)  expanding the relationship with employee
                    participation, and
               (5)  economic and social responsibility;

ENTRUSTS       the Board and Regions to initiate measures for 
               coordinating and informing member organisations
               about the exchange of experiences and opinions
               on the development of participatory democracy
               in co-operative organisations in general and on
               the final report of the International Joint
               Project in particular.