Organizing Committee

The GSEF 2014 Seoul Organizing Committee is comprised of representatives drawn from experts groups in both public and civil society sectors on social economy in Seoul. The committee has developed a series of high quality programs which ensured an exciting mix of technical and social events to take place at the GSEF 2014.

Executive Committee

Composed of each departments’ Chairman, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Social Economy Center (Provisional Secretariat)
  • Development of Project Department

    · Organizing and Planning the session forums
      and events
    · Preparing the GSEF’s articles of forum
    · Monitoring the joint effort under Seoul Declaration

  • Organizing Department

    · International Collaboration, Promoting networking
      and participation
    · Researching and Mapping new candidates for city
      and non-governmental organization members
    · Extending membership

  • Marketing Department

    · International Collaboration, Promoting networking
      and participation
    · Researching and Mapping new candidates for city
      and non-governmental organization members
    · Extending membership

Seoul Social Economy Center
Korea Social Investment

Seoul Social Economy Center

Tel +82-70-4267-5042 / +82- 2-353-3553
Address 1F, #1, Tongilno 684, Eunpyeng-gu, Seoul 122- 824, Korea

Seoul Social Economy Center was established on January 23th 2013 with the aim of endorsing social enterprises and intermediaries to cooperate in the context of promoting one goal; creating social values for the betterment of society.

The Center also stimulates building an independent and self-supporting ecosystem of social economy through backing up its organizations in different industries and sectors for helping them to cooperate and band together, moreover, the center plans and operates comprehensive programs which are difficult to be dealt by one single organization.

At this stage, winners of Seoul Social Economy Idea Competition, social enterprises, cooperatives, fair trade organization are settled in this centre to endow with various businesses, which include youth mentoring, business start-up, financial support and consulting services

Seoul Social Economy
Expanding common resources for → Supporting the cooperation between different industries and sectors
→ Establishing a platform for resource sharing network
→ Operating social economy co-working office
Creating a sustainable ecosystem → Preparing a market base through vitalizing public purchase and other strategies
→ Supporting linkages of social investment
→ Developing social franchising models
Dilating social economy principal agents and spreading of bond of sympathy → Promoting talent training programs and devoting its activities to educational assistance
→ Constructing social economy online network portal
→ Increasing public awareness of social economy through publicity
Developing socio-economic policies and research projects → Committing socio-economic policy researches
→ Setting an appropriate valuation standard of social economy

Seoul Social Economy Network (SSEN)

Tel +82-2-353-4408, 4404
Address Bldg #21, 5 Nokbeon-dong, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul 122-824, South Korea

Seoul Social Economy Network is a private organization established by individuals and groups which have been participating in social economy to lay a foundation for promoting social economy not only in Seoul but also in South Korea. Forming networks with various social economic institutions, the organization has been carrying out various projects to allow the basic spirits of the social economy - reciprocity, solidarity, communication, and innovation - to be understood by citizens and take root in Seoul.
Seoul Social Economy Network has been establishing cooperative system among private sectors in the process of social economic policy making in Seoul City, through which the organization has been playing a critical role in building private-public governance. Socio-economic bodies such as social enterprises, cooperatives, self-sufficiency businesses, and community businesses and their consultative groups have joined the organization's efforts, where related laws and regulations are revised to build local governance and promote social economy. In cooperation with the businesses, the organization has also facilitated exchange and cooperation with the National Assembly, local governments, and local councils to boost social economy. In particular, Seoul City chose the institute as the operator of the Seoul Social Economy Center where the organization also makes contribution on the ground. Seoul Social Economy Network will strive itself to let the economy structure take root in Korea, where everybody is happy based on social economy.

1. Enhancing the ecosystem of social economy through solidarity among private social economy networks
2. Designing policies and pursuing revision of related laws and regulations to promote social economy
3. Establishing and operating private governance of social economy in Seoul City
4. Boosting capacity of social economy institutes through exchange and joint projects
5. Laying a broader foundation for social economy through establishment and operation of a nationwide network of social economy
6. Promoting and providing education to raise public awareness of social economy

Korea Social Investment

Tel +82-2-2278-8399
Address 7 Supyo-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, Korea 100-861

Korea Social Investment is a foundation established with the object of contributing to sustainable welfare and regional development through social finance. Its vision is “Finance that Invests in a Sustainable Future”, and we will contribute to inclusive and virtuously cyclical development of our society. Our foundation has managed Seoul Social Investment Fund, the first private-public joint social investment fund in Asia, assigned by Seoul Metropolitan Government. Seoul Social Investment Fund is the financial resource for the purpose of public interest to improve the quality of its social members’ communal life and promote people’s welfare. It virtuously circulates the fund in the way of investment and loans to solve social problems without the additional budget of the government and citizens. In the long term as a financial resource it aims to tackle the social issues such as welfare, environmental and cultural problems.

Korea social investment takes a role of a pioneer in a social finance sector with those main businesses

1) Support social enterprises and others
- Make investment and loans to social enterprises, corporates, non-profit organizations and others
- Provide sustainable social services and create jobs
2) Treat pending social issues
- Investments and loans to support business expenses to solve pending social issues and support businesses through affordable non-profit organizations
- Find proper ways to mitigate massive social problems base on the partnerships with Korean government and others
3) Improve vulnerable People’s housing issues
- Improve the quality of vulnerable people's life through the management of tenement house construction projects and construction loans.
- Contribute to housing welfare and promote social enterprises in the construction field.
4) Develop and apply the index of social value evaluation
- Build up an expert networks to develop and apply the measurement indicators of social benefits.
- Provide sustainable social services and create new jobs.
5) Diffusion of social investment concept
- Share the perception related to social investments and social finance through the hosting of international conferences, surveys and research.
- Raise social investment funds through the spreading of awareness about social investments.

Overviews of Social Finance
It is a sustainable finance where funds are circulated to meet the demand for the creation of social, environmental and cultural values and the promotion of public welfare.
- It raises capital through available financial services and pursues a virtuous cycle of funds in the way of investment and loans to solve massive social problems.
- It utilizes social finance to perform social investments for the fundamental solution of welfare and social problems beyond of the scope of short-term and ex-post responses.


Korea council of Fair Trade Organizations (KFTO)

Tel +82-70-7516-4772
Address Consultative Group Office, Seoul Social Economy Center, TongIl-Ro 684, Eunpyeong-Gu, Seoul, Korea

Korea council of Fair Trade Organizations (KFTO) is the country network of leading Fair Trade organizations in Korea, being established in 2011. It has been taking progressive steps to promote Fair Trade in the country. KFTO has been hosting major Fair Trade events and campaigns such as ‘World Fair Trade Day festival in Korea’ since 2008 and it is also working very closely with many local communities for a ‘Fair Trade Towns movement’.

KFTO runs various fair trade projects including its major business, . Its current projects include 1) support for producers in underdeveloped countries, 2) cooperation for international exchange and development, 3) solidarity activities among fair trade organizations, 4) fair trade campaigns (promotion, education, support, and research), and 5) businesses related to fair trade communities. In particular, the Fair Trade Towns Movement is an international campaign in which 24 countries, and 1,310 towns and cities participate. It is also a joint fair trade movement which involves municipalities, various organizations, and civil groups, aiming to help people participate in and understand fair trade by using fair trade products in their daily lives.

Seoul Metropolitan Government

Tel +82-2-120

Located to the west of the central region of the Korean Peninsula, Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea, has been the center of the country in its long history from the prehistoric era to the present day.

Now in its 600th year of official history, Seoul is a city where Korea’s traditional and modern cultures coexist. Geographically, it is an extraordinary example of good location, as mountains, rivers and urban spaces all combine to produce a picture-perfect city.

Ever since the “social designer” Wonsoon Park became the Mayor of Seoul City, the focus of the Seoul Metropolitan Government has been on building a citizen-centered administration. The social innovation strategies of Seoul City focus on 1) opening up information to citizens and enabling active engagement of citizens, 2) using innovative technologies to tackle social challenges, 3) facilitating cross-sector collaboration and co-developing solutions with different stakeholders, 4) restoring community relationships within an urban setting through urban “village” communities, and 5) making Seoul City a “Sharing City” (not only sharing information but also under-utilized spaces and daily objects).

Hankyoreh Economic Research Institute

Tel +82-2-710-0074 +82-2-710-0070
Address 3F. 116-25 Gongduk-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea, 121-750

1. Mission and Vision
Mission a think tank for a 'responsible market economy'
Vision We Become the bridge between a business and society by providing the finest knowledge and indicating the right direction toward coexistence of enterprises and societies.
2. History
Date Details
2007. 02 Founded Hankyoreh Economic Research Institute
2008. 06 Published the first issue of HERI REVIEW
2008. 09 Jointly hosted the Asian Social Entrepreneurs Summit Developed HERI cases on social enterprises

3. Core Businesses

Introduction to HERI's core businesses
HERI (director, Hyeonsuk Lee), the subsidiary research institute of The Hangyoreh (newspaper), is a think tank pursuing a 'responsible market economy' and conducts research, consulting, education and publishing businesses in various fields including social economy, social enterprises, cooperatives, sustainable management and policy ecosystem.

HERI Research
Social enterprises management case, social economy, Korea-Chinese-Japanese joint research on CSR, CSR of enterprises and public institutions, etc.

HERI Consulting
Advice on and verification of sustainable management report, social enterprises management strategy, management public announcement, etc.

HERI Training
Social entrepreneur training, training on cooperative, training on social economy, training on sustainable management, training on youth economy & finance, etc.

HERI Assessment
CSR assessment ‘East Asia 30'
social enterprises, social accomplishments, etc.

HERI International Forum
Asia Future Forum

HERI Contest
Ethical consumption contest, social contribution program contest

Seoul Council of Social Enterprise

Tel +82-70-4367-6465
Address 122-824 1F, Unit 1, 684, Tongil-ro, Eunpyenong-gu, Seoul

Seoul Council of Social Enterprise is a nonprofit corporation aiming to contribute to social unification by creating a new economic model, forming social capital and establishing a new economic community through the expansion of the social economy based on the cooperative network among the social enterprises.
Seoul Council of Social Enterprise, as the center of the social economy, executes diverse activities, such as mutual exchange among social enterprises, discussion and mediation among private and private organizations or private and public corporations, policy proposal, research and study, and education, for the growth and development of the social enterprises.

To strengthen the unity of the (preliminary) social enterprises in Seoul through solidarity and exchange.
To contribute to the growth of the social enterprises by cooperating with the government, enterprises, civil society, and other fields.

Organization strengthening Market support
Research and investigation Education and publicity

Organization strengthening
• Expansion of membership
• Support network building by regions and types of businesses
• Exchange among networks (link among areas/types of businesses/supporting organizations/ social and economic organizations)

Market support
• Social product and service fair
• Conference/discussion for social enterprises’ public market expansion

Research and investigation
• Classification of status and DB of goods and services purchased by public organizations
• Consulting for preliminary social enterprises

Education and publicity
• Training the public organizations’ budget analysis
• Social enterprise academy
• Promoting social enterprises’ products and services on our homepage and newsletters


Tel +82-2-2181-7900
Address 3F, 171-9, Singil-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul


I_ the principal agents of ‘I’
Ideal_ for the ideal (sharing and cooperating) of coop
Innocence_ without forgetting our first resolutions
Innovation_ do cooperative movement through endless innovation
COOP (co-operative)_a consumers’ cooperative where

a consumers’ cooperative where approximately 77 member cooperatives across the nation, 190,000 members, 3,000 activists, 2,900 producers and 2,500 employees work together in order to make our lives happier and our society better.

Core Businesses
iCOOP KOREA is a cooperative which put in practice ethical consumption and production based on the businesses run by both member consumers and producers. Our members develop ideas to solve problems and demands in peoples’ lives into campaigns and projects through cooperation and participation. iCOOP continues to improve the food safety standards in Korea as its members select products by themselves and the organization transparently releases information and utilizes a rational management system. iCOOP practices ethical consumption that ‘saves me and my neighborhood, and the Earth,’ in order to make all its members happy.

Core Businesses
Number of member cooperatives (as of 2013) 77
Number of members (as of 2013) 189,589
Number of activists (2012) Approximately 3,000
Number of producers (2012) 2,909
Number of employees (2012 / including member co-ops) 2,467
Number of stores (as of 2013) 136
Business Estimate (2012) 344.9b(won)

SungKongHoe University

Tel +82-2-2683-8858
Address SungKongHoe University 320, Yeondong-ro, Guro-gu Seoul, Korea 157-716,

SungKongHoe University was established in 1914 by the Anglican Church in the form of the Saint Michael’s Theological Seminary. In the early 1990, the school became a comprehensive university, teaching a wide range of subjects not only in Christian theology but in humanities, social sciences, area studies, management, electronic engineering, information technology and computer science. The university was increasingly considered by students, parents and mass media to be a unique institution: open, progressive, inclusive, innovative, socially committed, and boldly experimental.
The university believes that by sharing, helping and supporting others we can create a much better society than we pursue our own self-regarding interests individually. We believe that all of us should be servants of ourselves so that everyone is at once the master and the servant all at the same time. The university has broken grounds in innovative curriculum development along the line of the above principles and goals: human rights, peace, gender studies, social economy, and international development. Due to our emphasis on these subjects, the University is widely known as the ‘university of human rights and peace.’ We aim to study and find ways to contribute to the building of strong civil society, local community and a better Asian society on the basis of the practical frame of human rights and peace.

C. Co-representative


Tel +82-2-335-7910
Address Seocho creative hub 114-3, Banpo-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, Korea

Seed:s is a nonprofit corporation to raise young social entrepreneurs, create an innovative model of social enterprises and study the future. We are promoting training of young social entrepreneurs, creation of Korean social enterprise development model, creation of civil base for social enterprise, practice study of social enterprise to settle Korean and sustainable social enterprises based on self-motivation and creativity of the civil society.

01. Foster social enterprise and young social entrepreneurs
02. Create a civil base and build investor networks
03. Mediate resources between sectors
04. Develop a localization model
05. Distribute the Korean social enterprise model to foreign countries
06. Study social enterprises and create development models