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Our Co-operative Values and Principles


Our co-operative values 



Our ethical values


Openness – nobody’s perfect, and we won’t hide it when we’re not.

Honesty – we are honest about what we do and the way we do it. 

Social responsibility – we encourage people to take responsibility for their own community, and work together to improve it. We face challenges together.

Caring for others – we take our responsibility to others seriously, celebrating the achievements of everyone and helping to pick up the pieces when things go wrong.


Our principles are the way we put our values into action


Voluntary and open membership – membership is open to everyone.

Democratic member control – all members have an equal voice in making policies and electing representatives.

Member economic participation – all profits are controlled democratically by members and for their benefit.

Autonomy and independence – co-operatives are always independent, even when they enter into agreements with other organisations.

Education, training and information – co-operatives educate and develop their members as well as their staff.

Co-operation amongst co-operatives – co-operatives work together with other co‑operatives to strengthen the co-operative movement as a whole.

Concern for community – co-operatives also work to improve and develop the community, both locally and internationally.