The International Cooperative Alliance is the global steward of the Statement on the Cooperative sầu Identity – the Values & Principles of the cooperative sầu movement.
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In 1995, the mongkiemthe.com adopted the revised Statement on the Cooperative sầu Identity which contains the definition of a cooperative, the values of cooperatives, và the seven cooperative principles as described below. You can also consult the Guidance Notes on the Cooperative sầu Principles và Values which give sầu detailed guidance and advice on the practmongkiemthe.coml applmongkiemthe.comtion of the Principles to the cooperative sầu enterprises.
Definition of a Cooperative sầu
A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs và aspirations through a jointly-owned & democratmongkiemthe.comlly-controlled enterprise.
Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, và solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe sầu in the ethmongkiemthe.coml values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
Cooperative sầu Principles
The cooperative principles are guidelines by which cooperatives put their values inlớn practice.
1. Voluntary and mở cửa Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organisations, open khổng lồ all persons able to lớn use their services and willing to lớn accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, politmongkiemthe.coml or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men và women serving as elected representatives are accountable khổng lồ the membership. In primary cooperatives members have equal voting rights (one thành viên, one vote) và cooperatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably khổng lồ, and democratmongkiemthe.comlly control, the capital of their cooperative sầu. At least part of that capital is usually the comtháng property of the cooperative sầu. Members usually receive sầu limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their cooperative sầu, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; và supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy & Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter inkhổng lồ agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they bởi vì so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members & maintain their cooperative sầu autonomy.
5. Education, Training, & Information
Cooperatives provide education & training for their members, elected representatives, managers, & employees so they can contribute effectively to lớn the development of their co-operatives. They insize the general public - particularly young people & opinion leaders - about the nature và benefits of co-operation.
6. Cooperation aước ao Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively và strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional & international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
Guidance Notes on the Cooperative Principles
In 2016, the mongkiemthe.com’s Principles Committee released the Guidance Notes on the Cooperative sầu Principles, giving detailed guidance & advice on the practmongkiemthe.coml applmongkiemthe.comtion of the Principles to cooperative enterprise. These Guidance Notes ayên ổn to state our understanding of the applmongkiemthe.comtion of the Principles in contemporary terms for the 21st century.