Democracy, Fresh Daily
GreenStar was created by its members to successfully operate stores with a triple bottom line: We hold profit, people and our planet as our primary concerns.
Part of a call for social and economic justice in this country and beyond, the cooperative business model has been a persistent alternative to “business as usual,” providing more value to co-op members through a one member – one vote equality to provide for the good of the community.
Inclusive and democratic operation, fair treatment of staff and customers, socially and environmentally conscious practices, support of local goods and products, keeping prices as low as reasonable, community involvement and education, and cooperation with other co-ops and like-minded organizations are the guideposts we follow as cooperators.
GreenStar is prepared for and engaged in real projects toward these outcomes. Council, staff, and our non-profit affiliate GreenStar Community Projects (GSCP) have focused, from our different perspectives, on how best to provide more benefits for our members and our community, how to partner with other co-ops regionally and nationally, and how to collaborate with local institutions and community organizations.
Co-ops are much more stable than capitalistic businesses in their communities — we aren’t going to move our operations to another town, or country, for some profit driven motive — we’re here for the long haul for you and because of you.