Values and Principles

What is a Co-operative?

A co-operative is a group of people acting together to meet the common needs and aspirations of its members, sharing ownership and making decisions democratically.

In our case, the “group of people” are the founder members and workers.

Co-operatives are defined by their adherence to an internationally recognised set of values and principles.

Self-help    Self-responsibility    Democracy    Equality    Equity    Solidarity

Voluntary and open membership
Democratic member control
Member economic participation
Autonomy and independence
Education, training and information
Co-operation amongst co-operatives
Concern for community

You can see how these principles are applied to the way we work here.