ICCO Report of Activities 1993-1995

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   INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER CO-OPERATIVE ORGANISATION (ICCO)
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               Report of Activities 1993-1995
                       (August 1995)


Executive: Chairman: Giuseppe FABRETTI (Italy); Vice-Chairman:
Mr. Masao OHYA (Japan); Secretary: Antonella BELFIORI (Italy);

Members: Mr. Manfred DABRUNZ (Germany); Mr. Lars HILLBOM
(Sweden); Mr. Patrice JOLIVET (France); Mr. Peter SZILAGYI
(Hungary).


MEMBERSHIP

The ICA International Consumer Co-operative Organisation is made
up of 23 member organisations from the following countries.

     AFRICA        Ghana 
     AMERICAS      Argentina, Costa Rica
     ASIA          Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam
     EUROPE        Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,
                   Hungary, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain,
                   Sweden, United Kingdom, Australia
     MIDDLE EAST   Israel, Kuwait.


SECRETARIAT

c/o ANCC, Via Panaro, 14, Rome, Italy. Fax: +39 6 86320033


FINANCES

The ICCO is financed by an annual subscription based on the
financial activity of its members.  Since 1992, the minimum and
maximum annual subscription rates have been maintained at CHF 500
and CHF 2000 respectively.


MEETINGS:

The following sectorial meetings were held in 1993:
- Executive Committee: February (Brussels); May (Rome); September 
  (Geneva)
- Plenary Session: September (Geneva)

The following meetings were held in 1994:
- Executive Committee: January (Paris); October (Prague)
- Plenary Session: October (Prague)

1995 meetings:
  Executive Committee: March (Rome)
  Executive Committee: September (Manchester)
  Plenary Session: September (Manchester)


1994-1995 ACTIVITY PROGRAM

In January 1994, the Executive Committee approved the Activity
Program and identified the following themes as priorities:
Definition of the Consumer Co-operatives Guidelines that will be
useful for the final ICA document on Co-operative Principles.
International solidarity: investigation into a possible  common
project.

Environmental protection: definition of a Consumer Co-op
paragraph to be included in the ICA Co-operative Agenda 21.

Co-operative education and training: today's values are not the
same as the ones in 1845, when the first co-operative was created
in Rochdale, based upon the principles of purchasing power
protection, solidarity and brotherhood. In addition to these
values, we are today especially sensitive to topics such as
nutritional education, environmental protection, racism and world
peace.


CO-OPERATIVE AGENDA 21 - CONSUMER SECTOR

Both the ICA and its associates have committed themselves to
environmental policies at the Tokyo Congress in 1992 and at the
Rio Summit. 

ICCO members have collaborated in the final drawing up of the Co-
operative Agenda 21 - Consumer Sector, which is being presented
to the ICA Secretariat, stressing especially two points: the
promotion of consumption and production patterns limiting the
excessive use of natural resources; the development of an
awareness linking lifestyle to consumption patterns that respect
the environment.


CONSUMER CO-OPERATIVES GUIDELINES

Mr. Ian MacPherson, Professor of History and Dean of Humanities,
University of Victoria, Canada, on behalf of ICA is reviewing the
Co-operative Principles, in order to update them for year 2000.
The ICCO has drawn up the Guidelines' final version which was
submitted to the ICA Secretariat in Geneva.


FUTURE ACTIVITIES

Having reached the following two objectives (Co-operative Agenda
21 - Consumer Sector and Consumer Co-operative Guidelines), ICCO
is currently working at two other important themes included in
the program which proposed last year: co-operation policy in
developing countries, co-operative training. 


INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER DAY

Each year ICCO publishes a message on the occasion of the
International Consumer Day, which is celebrated on March 15th. 
The 1993 message addressed the subject of the role of consumer
co-operatives in relation to the Environment; the 1994 message
celebrated the "Fair Pioneers" of Rochdale; the 1995 message
celebrated the Consumer Co-operative Guidelines of the consumer
sector.


PUBLICATIONS

Considering  the importance and the timeliness of the topics
discussed during the Plenary Session in Prague on 25 October
1994, the Secretariat has deemed appropriate to publish the
Proceedings of the meeting where the up-dating of the Project on
Participatory Democracy was presented together with other issues.


EXHIBITION (ICCO's STAND)

In view of the ICA Centennial Congress in Manchester, which will
be held in September 1995, ICCO's Secretariat is working on the
organisation of an exhibition stand. Each participating consumer
organisation will use a panel showing, through photographs and
brief descriptions, the initiatives undertaken to celebrate the
150th Rochdale anniversary in the information, training and
political field or others in the social area, with the aim of
spreading the values of co-operation.