What We DoWe aim at contributing to the conservation of ecological environment and
construction of a society that is safe and cherishes human dignity through
protecting consumer’s right and practising eco-friendly consumption.
LocationSeoul, Republic of Korea
Member Since2018
Audiences/SectorConsumers/Communities, Students/Schools
Member TypeMember Organisation
Our MissionEach and every small activity of our member consumers will convert today’s eco-destructive social economic system into an everlasting eco-friendly system in the future.
We are a non-commercial, non-governmental, and non-political civic group which consists of all the consumers participating. Money (market) and power (government) are not all the things for the sound and healthy development of our society. A new social idea should also be there to open up the new future. GCN is the civic group that creates the new social idea and supports its growth for better public interest.
We are a consumer network that protects consumer’s rights and profits. Concerning all the products and services provided in the global market, we consumers have a right to be safe, to truly know the products, to choose them correctly, to organise ourselves properly, to be informed in due course, to give influence to the providers, to be in a pleasant atmosphere. These rights, however, are often ignored as well as jeopardized due to profit-oriented suppliers and fierce competition in the markets. Towns and cities, all the places for our living should be protected against dangerous technologies which may jeopardize those fundamental 8 rights and our quality of life.
We are a civil volunteer work organisation and a membership movement group which is operated by voluntary and active participation of each and every member citizen. Modern people often feel alienated in spite of countless relationships in their society. GCN is the place where people who are practising harmonious life with nature gather together to practice their ego with self-determination in the ideal society of brotherhood cooperation.
We are a global civic movement organisation that promotes solidarity and cooperation among global environmental groups, consumer organisations, and civic groups for the international eco and consumer issues made by worldwide economic order.
Areas of WorkWe conduct campaigns for sustainable consumption providing information with green consumer guides.
We foster green consumers in households, offices, schools and communities supporting action programmes to change lifestyles.
We protect consumers’ rights mainly in areas of health, ICT and food.
Success StoriesWe helped Korean society know what is green consumption through campaigns such as green supermarket, carrying shopping baskets, reducing packaging, reducing CO2 gas and energy, digital waste zero, non–powered transportation, reducing toxic and hazardous chemistry materials, green apartment, eco-tourism etc.
We are recognised as representative organisation in the area of green consumption especially of household and youth.
We are known as one of the main consumer organisations and civil organisations in Korea, which has 20 nationwide branches and one of the main organisation exposed by mass media.
We created and operate Korean Green Purchasing Network(KGPN) and we contributed to enact what we call Green Purchasing Law and we have selected Green Products of the Year for 10 years.
At the 3rd International Conference on Green Purchasing in 2009 we adopted the ‘Suwon Declaration’ to urge the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote green purchasing.
We were selected as one of the ‘2017 Korea’s Top 100 Think Tanks’ in 5 sectors including economy and industry, politics and society, diplomacy and security, women and labour, and environment by The Hankyung Business Weekly. We scored the 9th in the environmental sector.
Collaboration OpportunitiesWe can collaborate in lifestyle change, youth activity, and global campaign. We would like to learn from GAP International network about programmes of behaviour change for sustainability and share our practices with the network.
Project HighlightsGreen Angels: Green Angels is a youth eco-volunteer network learning environmental issues and carrying out campaigns. In 2018 nationally we had 1506 members of youth eco-volunteer community club consisted of middle and high school students in 104 teams, named Green Angel. Also, in 2018 nationally there were 23 number of school programs where 907 students participated in terms of Free Semester System.


Green Products of the Year: Over the past 10 years we have selected Green Products of the Year as a executive office of KGPN. In the Green Products of the Year programme products which are outstanding with regard to environmental and commercial value are selected by consumers from about 30 consumer organisations. Every year 20 to 30 products are selected among applied about 50 products.

Green consumer certification programme: Since 2010 we have annually certified and awarded green consumers. More than 300 people accomplish our green consumer certification programme every year. Participants have to act on several campaigns among 10 campaigns that were selected by the national council. The main campaigns in 2018 were carrying tumbler around, reducing the contents of the refrigerator, and taking short showers, focusing on “End Plastic Pollution”
which is the Earth Day Network’s 2018 campaign theme.

Action on consumer protection: We have conducted over 500,000 number of consumer counselling and 100 number of group litigation and collective dispute mediation.
Visithttp://gcn.or.kr/
http://cafe.gcn.or.kr/gcnenglish
ConnectFacebook: Green Consumers Network in Korea
Contact[email protected]