Coop principles

1. Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without any discrimination.


2. Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.


3. Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative.


4. Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members and independent from other organisations, including governments.


5. Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for all their stakeholders so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives.


6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

Co-operatives strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

7. Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

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