Businesses and Activities
Main Businesses of Consumer Co-ops
Retail business of Japanese consumer co-ops consists of home delivery and store business. As for the home delivery, the ordered goods are delivered to individual homes or groups at a designated address on a weekly cycle. For the store business, co-ops mainly operate supermarket-type stores, which sell food and non-food items. Some co-ops run mobile stores or provide transportation service to co-op stores for those who have difficulty in shopping by themselves.
Insurance business ensures members' lives in case of an emergency such as injury disease, and disaster. Members can buy medical, life, and fire insurance offered by JCIF (Japan CO-OP Insurance Consumers' Co-operative Federation) through one's co-op.
Many consumer co-ops operate nursing care business for senior citizens and people with disabilities based on the nursing care insurance system. Their main business form is in-home nursing care. Co-ops’ basis of nursing care is to protect the dignity of users and to support users' independent and at-home living. Co-ops also puts efforts into community-based services and introduction of the “10 Basic Care by Co-op”
See “10 Basic Care by Co-op”
Health and welfare co-ops operate hospitals and clinics, aiming to create patient-centered medical care services cooperating with their members. They offer a broad range of medical services to co-op members and residents. Members voluntarily join preventive care activities such as daily blood pressure self-check.
Main Activities of Consumer Co-ops
Consumer co-ops have worked on a variety of dietary activities to realize members' aspiration for safety and security of food and health. Today, consumer co-ops offer their members opportunities for cooking classes, interaction with producers, and agricultural experiences. They also make proposals to the public considering the future of food safety and Japanese agriculture.
In today's Japanese society, relationships among individuals are getting weaker. Consumer co-ops are aiming to create a society where everyone including senior citizens, people with disabilities, and children can live with a sense of security. Consumer co-ops help develop relationships among individuals, by promoting members' mutual help activities. They also offer gathering places for parents and children and events for senior citizens to enjoy chatting in the community.
Activities for the Future
Under the slogan "For Peace and Better Life" which was declared when JCCU was established in 1951, consumer co-ops have worked on peace activities. Through the activities, the war experiences, especially of the tragedy caused by the drops of the atomic bombs, are delivered to the generations born after the Second World War, and consumer co-ops encourage people to consider, talk about and preserve peace. Also, consumer co-ops conduct UNICEF fund-raising campaign.
Activities for a Sustainable Society
Co-ops promote greenhouse gas reduction, utilization and development of renewable energy, and waste reduction in their businesses. As activities with members, they promote ethical consumption, food waste reduction, plastic shopping bag reduction, and recycling collection. Many co-ops hold study sessions for their staff and members about global warming, plastic pollution, food waste, etc.
Related page with Main Activities of Consumer Co-ops: “Consumer Co-ops' Social Activities 2019”