The Seven Cooperative Principles: Part 1

Tuesday, 05 October 2010 01:18

By Alexis Alexander,

Membership Manager

October is National Co-op Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s co-ops. When I consider the positive influence cooperatives have on society, I’m reminded of the Seven Cooperative Principles. These principles are central to the operations of co-ops worldwide since they represent the core values that are recognized and adhered to by all cooperatives.

In the spirit of Co-op Month, I’d like to review the Seven Cooperative Principles to highlight how truly different the values-driven nature of cooperatives is relative to profit-driven corporate America. For this month’s column, we’ll review Principles #1 through #3. Next month we’ll complete our review with Principles #4 through #7.

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GM Supports Patronage Refund System

Friday, 31 October 2008 11:09

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By Bini Reilly,
General Manager

Upon arriving at GreenStar, I learned that a patronage refund system was soon to be voted on by the membership. I believe member-owners should vote in support of this bylaws change. Membership in GreenStar means you are a member-owner in this community-based enterprise. As such, you should want to ensure the continued and future viability of the Co-op.  It is the right thing, as a member-owner, not to take monies out of the Co-op until you know that the Co-op is financially stable.

Every month, GreenLeaf prints the seven Cooperative Principles, to which GreenStar subscribes (see page 4). The principle that describes how a cooperative compensates member-owners is Principle 3: Member Economic Participation, as defined by the International Co-operative Alliance:

Read more: GM Supports Patronage Refund System

 

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  • By Kristie Snyder,
    
GreenLeaf Editor

    14 2-DeWitt-StaffThe first day Lauree Myler visited GreenStar, she knew she'd come to the right place. New in town, she and her kids had been traipsing around for hours, looking for a TCAT that never seemed to be coming. "We had no idea where we were, and it was hot as hell," she said. Finding themselves near the West-End store, they went in.

    "My kids had been crying, and Kendra [Lynn], A...

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