Initiatives of Change is an international movement, active in 60 countries and formally incorporated in 39 countries.
The International Association of Initiatives of Change, was created in 2002, the Swiss foundation Caux – Initiatives of Change was one of its founder members. Its tasks are primarily of an institutional nature. Based in Caux, the International Association received special consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations in February 2005. The previous month, the Association received participatory status as an IONG at the Council of Europe.
The IofC work on the international level, is co-ordinated by an International Council and bi-annual global consultations, attended by representatives from all parts of the world.
These Consultations last for a week, and are informally charged with the task of identifying issues of importance to IofC world-wide, and recommending courses of action. Typically a Consultation has 35 participants, representing all parts of the world. They are chosen partly through national or regional nomination and partly through an individual's conviction to take responsibility.
The Consultation Process has set up an international council of 7-9 people to offer leadership in setting priorities for global action and solving problems. Members serve for 3-5 years. This international council (known as the IofC Council) has no powers other than its own moral authority, and plays an important role in setting IofC's global agenda.