Co-operatives throughout the world share a set of values that give them their distinctive character.
In co-operatives, people help each other whilst helping themselves by working together for mutual benefit.
Individuals within co-operatives act responsibly and play a full part in the organisation.
A co-operative will be structured so that members have control over the organisation – one member, one vote.
Each member will have equal rights and benefits (according to their contribution).
Members will be treated justly and fairly.
Members will support each other and other co-operatives.
In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of:
- Social responsibility
- Caring for others