Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees, and they inform the general public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.
While focusing on members’ needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.