1 The seven principles
Open and Voluntary Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Members’ Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training, and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
Funded by direct member investment, rather than investment from third-party shareholders, co-operative members "decide on the values of the enterprise, which don’t necessarily need to be about the maximization of profits." – DisCO Manifesto
Cooperatives succeed when values are aligned around communal benefit to pooling resources and a shared desire to "avoid anti- competitive or extractive behavior."
Co-operatives offer a way for people to be rewarded for their labour while committing to shared social values.