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About Co-ops

Co-ops provide products and services like conventional businesses do but beneath the surface, co-ops are pretty different.  Co-ops are owned by the people who work at or purchase goods and services from them, and each co-op is committed to serving their member-owners.  Most adhere to a set of seven principles that help guide the business. And as a result, many co-ops set a standard for the surrounding business community with a commitment to environmental and social responsibility.

The Seven International Cooperative Principles:

Ownership (who owns the co-op)

1.Voluntary and open membership

2.Democratic member control

Decision making (how decisions are made in a co-op)

3.Member economic participation

4.Autonomy and independence

Special Practices (the ways co-ops put their beliefs into action)

5.Education, training and information

6.Cooperation among cooperatives

7.Concern for community

In a nutshell, co-ops are not motivated solely by profit, but by service -to meet their member-owners’ needs for affordable and high quality goods or services.  And in addition to getting the products and services you need, as a co-op Owner you also have a say in the business decisions your cooperative makes.

Co-ops provide the framework that allows people to get what they want in a way that better meets their economic, social and cultural needs.

Learn More About Co-ops 

Healthy Foods Healthy Communities: The Social and Economic Impacts of Food Co-ops