Cooperative Principles

Principles of the Cooperative

Open and voluntary membership regardless of social, political, religious, or other human rights considerations.

Member control through responsible participation in decision making.

Participation in decision-making occurs on the basis of equal rights in voting regardless of the extent of the members investment. One member, one vote.

Low or No return on capital since Co-operatives are not operated to yield large returns on investments, but instead, for the benefit of those who use them.

Co-operative education of members and the general public about the principles & practices of co-operation.

Co-operation among co-operatives in all practical ways with other co-operatives at local, national and international levels.