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The Seven Cooperative Principles

1) Voluntary and Open Membership

Membership is open to all persons who can reasonably use its services and stand willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, regardless of race, religion, gender, or economic circumstances.

2) Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members. Representatives are elected from among the membership and are accountable to the membership.

3) Members’ Economic Participation

Each Member is also an owner and builds equity in the co-op every time they purchase electricity.

4) Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are self-help organizations controlled by and accountable to their members.

5) Education, Training, and Information

Cooperatives communicate and educate members to help them  contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public, particularly young people and opinion leaders, about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

6) Cooperation Among Cooperatives

By working together through local, national, regional, and international structures, cooperatives improve services, bolster local economies, and deal more effectively with social and community needs.

7) Concern for Community

Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies supported by the membership.



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