Seven Co-operative Principles
Voluntary and open membership.
No-one has to join a co-operative, but anyone appropriately qualified may do so
Democratic member control.
All Co-operative members have an equal say and those running the co-operative are responsible to them and should encourage members to be involved.
Member economic participation.
Members have a financial relationship with the co-operative eg as customers, employees, suppliers or investors.
Autonomy and independence.
Co-operatives are independent of any sort of control outside of their membership.
Education, training and information.
Co-operatives believe in the value of education for members, stakeholders and the general public.
Co-operation among co-operatives.
Co-operatives value working with other co-operatives who share any part of their aims.
Concern for community.
Co-operatives believe that they should make a contribution to the quality of life of the communities in which their members live.