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Consumers International (CI) exists because of its membership. Since CI's creation in 1950, the goal of this international fraternity of consumer rights groups has been to serve and support the needs of its member organisations. The method and means by which this is done may have changed significantly over the years, but the value we place on enhancing the effectiveness of members' campaigns, broadening their influence and supporting their development remains central.
A huge variety of organisations make up Consumers International. Our largest member has 500 staff and an annual turnover of USD160 million. Some of our smallest members are made up of no more than one or two volunteers, using a living room as a campaigns office. We have over 220 members representing more than 110 countries across the world, with two-thirds of our membership active in the developing world.
For us to truly represent all these interests; and to fairly claim to be 'the global voice for consumers', we must find ways of providing value to all of these organisations.
Here are some of the various ways in which we do this.