Each cooperative has a unique culture, but they all operate by the seven cooperative principles.
VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP: Cooperatives are voluntary organizations open to everyone who uses their services.
DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL: Cooperatives are controlled by their members. Those members help set policies and make decisions about their cooperative.
MEMBER ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION: Cooperatives are controlled by their members. Those members help set policies and make decisions about their cooperative.
AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND INFORMATION: Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can effectively contribute to their co-ops’ development.
COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES: Cooperatives work with other cooperatives through local, national, regional and international structures. Doing so helps them better serve their members and also strengthens the cooperative movement.
CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY: Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through member-approved policies.