Furthermore, the following cooperative principles guide our activity:
Voluntary, open membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons willing to accept the responsibilities of membership.
Democratic member control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. All elected representatives are accountable to the membership.
Economic participation by members
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. The majority of revenue is paid back to our membership, with a surplus of profits paid out in patronage fees at the end of each financial year.
Autonomy and independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations, controlled by their members.
Education, training and information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees, so all parties can contribute effectively to the ongoing development of the co-op.
Co-operation among cooperatives
Co-ops serve their members most effectively – and strengthen the co-operative movement – by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Concern for community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities, through policies approved by their members.