Anyone can join a co-op—they don’t discriminate based on gender, social, racial, political or religious factors.
Members control their business by deciding how it’s run and who leads it.
All co-op members invest in their cooperative. This means people, not shareholders, benefit from a co-op’s profits.
When making business deals or raising money, co-ops never compromise their autonomy or democratic member control.
Co-ops provide education, training and information so their members can contribute effectively to the success of their co-op.
Co-ops believe working together is the best strategy to empower their members and build a stronger co-op economy.
Co-ops are community-minded. They contribute to the sustainable development of their communities by sourcing and investing locally.