Report of the International Consumer Co-operative Organization (ICCO)(1995/96)

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    This document has been made available in electronic format
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                         October, 1996

    (Source: Review of International Co-operation,
     Vol.89, No.3/1996, p.53-55)
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                        Report of the
          International Consumer Co-operative Organisation
                          (ICCO)
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Executive Committee
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Chairman:           Giuseppe Fabretti (Italy)

Vice-Chairman:      Masao Ohya (Japan)

Secretary:          Antonella Belfiori(Italy)

Members:            Manfred Dabrunz (Germany); Lars Hillbom
(Sweden); Patrice Jolivet (France); Peter
Szilagyi (Hungary); Lloyd Wilkinson     
(United Kingdom).


Founded in 1969, as ICA Consumer Committee - Comite des
consommateurs de l'ACI, referred to also as ICA Committee for
Consumer Co-operatives - Comite de l'ACI pour les
co-operatives des consommateurs. A specialized body of
International Co-operative Alliance.

Aims to initiate discussion on the crucial problems of the
co-operative consumer policy; communicate information both to
ICA members and to organisations outside the co-operative
movement; give advice on consumer matters to new consumer
co-operatives; co-operate with other ICA specialized bodies;
represent co-operative consumer interests to other
international co-operative or non co-operative organisations;
collaborate with governmental and non-governmental agencies
for consumer affairs; publish information on matters of
interest to consumers, such as consumer protection, through
the press and other media.

Membership
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The ICA International Consumer Co-operatives Organisation is
made up of  member organisations from the following countries:
Ghana, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Bangladesh,
India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Bulgaria, Czech
Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal,
Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Australia.

Secretariat
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c/o ANCC, Via Panaro, 14, Rome, Italy. Fax.: 0039-6-86320033

Finances
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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 2000 respectively.

NGO Relations
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European Community of Consumer Co-operatives (EUROCO-OP),
Consumers International (IOCU).

Meetings
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The following meetings were held from September 1995 to
September 1996:

Executive Committee:     September (Manchester)

Plenary Session:         September (Manchester)

Executive Committee:     March (Hamburg)

Activities
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Co-operative Agenda 21 - Consumer Sector

Both the ICA and its associates 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-operative Guidelines
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As part of the review of Co-operative Principles which
culminated in September 1995 with the adoption of new
Co-operative Principles, the ICCO drew up the Consumer
Co-operative Guidelines which were submitted to the ICA
Secretariat in Geneva.

Future Activities
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ICCO is currently working at two other important themes:
co-operation policy in developing countries and co-operative
training. 

International Consumer Day
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Each year ICCO publishes a message on the occasion of the
International Consumer Day, which is celebrated on 15 March.
The 1995 message celebrated the Consumer Co-operative
Guidelines of the consumer sector while the 1996 message
celebrated the fair and solidarity trade with the countries in
the southern part of the world.

Publications
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Considering the importance and the up-to-dateness of the
topics discussed during the Plenary Session in Prague on
October 25th, 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)
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During the ICA Centennial Congress in Manchester, held in
September 1995, ICCO's Secretariat organised the exhibition
stand. Each participating consumer organisation had a panel
showing, through photographs and brief descriptions,
initiatives undertaken to celebrate the 150th Rochdale
anniversary.