Social ResponsibilitiesZenkyoren’s InitiativesBasic PolicyZenkyoren widely disseminates information about the value and role of cooperatives and engages in initiatives to create Zenkyoren collaborates with cooperatives in various industries in Japan and participates in initiatives to promote the cooperative movement.At the 94th International Day of Co-operatives’ commemorative event, held in July 2016 under the theme “Co-operatives: the Power to Act for a Sustainable Future,” participants discussed the importance of the role expected of cooperatives in realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), formally accepted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015.Also, Zenkyoren provided active member support to Cooperatives Japan*, which visited areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake and engaged in activities to deepen understanding of the current state of reconstruction and the reconstruction assistance measures by cooperatives (agriculture cooperatives, sheries cooperatives, forestry associations, consumer cooperatives, health and welfare cooperatives, dairy cooperatives, etc.). Cooperatives Japan also worked to expand opportunities for education about cooperatives (creation of an endowed chair at a university) and activities to raise awareness of cooperatives (planning, production, and distribution of leaets, etc.). new value through collaboration among cooperatives in Japan and abroad and promote the cooperative movement.Zenkyoren will continue to deepen collaboration with fellow cooperatives and disseminate information to society at large about the value and role of cooperatives.*Cooperatives Japan The United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Cooperatives and sought to promote the cooperative movement and raise public awareness of the role of cooperatives. Cooperatives Japan (25 members as of May 2017) was inaugurated in 2013 to carry on and develop this initiative in Japan.National Initiatives“Co-operatives in Japan” leaet“People certainly have no power one by one. But if they unite together, they can bring about such power.”Father of Japan’s cooperatives: Toyohiko Kagawa15Annual Report 2017

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