Cooperatives values

A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. 

All cooperatives worldwide are based on specific values:


People take together control of their own destiny and not mainly depend on external help


Cooperative members are supposed to think not only on their individual tasks or needs, but to involve themselves for the whole group


Cooperatives are controlled, managed and run by their members in a democratic way


Within a cooperative, each member is granted the same rights and duties and can access the same opportunities


Equity means being fair and acknowledging differences in people’s situations and needs, providing a treatment and conditions that allow to level the playing field


The improvement of individuals’ immediate and long term goals depends upon the agreement and support of the members of the cooperative as a whole.