Happiness Sharing Mart Co-operative is the first supermarket in Korea to be operated by a workers’ cooperative. This start was initiated by people who were involved in campaigns against the special law regarding the development of Jeju Island and the construction of the Jeju Naval Base in Gangjeong village. They established their Happiness Sharing Co-operative […]
|Coop Name: Happiness Sharing Mart Co-operative||N° of Employees: 51|
|City: Gangjeong||N° of Members: 20|
|Country: South Korea||Year of formation: 2012|
Happiness Sharing Mart Co-operative is the first supermarket in Korea to be operated by a workers’ cooperative. Starting with Happiness Sharing Mart, the co-op opened its second store in 2016. They also opened ‘Berry Jeju’, an online and offline shopping mall that sells Jeju specialties and cultural products, ‘Seomchae’, a local food buffet restaurant, and ‘Aewol Barbeque’, a local food restaurant where young and middle-aged people are given opportunity to start their own business. In 2017, the company also opened the first franchise convenience store business, which is called ‘Concoop’, a compound word of ‘convenience store’ and ‘coop’. The owner of the convenience store should sign a pledge to respect the clause ‘labor rights’. In other words, they need to guarantee the minimum wage, give enough rest time for employees, and much more.