What makes us different is that we, as a cooperative, are guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles. The guiding principles for cooperatives were created nearly 150 years ago by a small general store in England. Today, these very same principles govern thousands of co-ops providing a large variety of goods and services to millions of Americans.
- Voluntary And Open Membership
Co-ops are open to all persons able to use their services.
- Democratic Member Control
Co-ops are democratic organizations, controlled by members. Members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote). As a member, you are not just an anonymous customer. Annual Meeting of Members is typically held in the spring of the year, in March or April.
- Member Economic Participation
Members equitably contribute to and benefit from the co-op. Members also control the capital of their cooperative. And profits are returned to members.
- Autonomy and Independence
Co-ops are independent organizations controlled by their members. If a co-op enters into agreements or raises capital, it does so on terms that ensure control by members to maintain the co-op’s autonomy.
- Education, Training And Information
Co-ops provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can better contribute to the success of the co-ops. This includes information about new technologies and products that improve the members’ quality of life and saves them money.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Co-ops serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-op movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
- Concern For Community
While focusing on member needs, co-ops work for development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.
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