Republic of Korea
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
51.8 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2023)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2023)
No data
Organization-based (ILO, 2023)

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
    • Social Survey
  • 2012
  • 2013
    • Social Survey
  • 2014
    • Time Use Survey
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
  • 2017
    • Social Survey
  • 2018
  • 2019
    • Social survey
  • 2020
    • Social Survey
  • 2021
    • Social Survey
  • 2022
  • 2023
  • 2024

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


Framework Act on Volunteer Service Activities

Year 2017
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Seoul Metropolitan Government Ordinance On Support Of Volunteer Service Activities

Year 2019
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Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?


VNR Reporting

Year One of Implementing the SDGs in the Republic of Korea: From a Model of Development Success to a Vision for Sustainable Development

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 2

Furthermore, the ROK’s commitment to sustainable development, which started with the Earth Summit in 1992, constitutes an important baseline for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in the ROK. In 1995, vibrant and voluntary civil society movements led to the establishment of the Local Councils for Sustainable Development (LCSDs), a wide network of local governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) that has launched various campaigns related to environmental and governance issues. The LCSD model is highly regarded by the international community and in 2002 it was introduced as one of the best practices at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

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