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Ethos and Values

The Values and Principles embraced by today's worldwide co-operative movement have evolved from the ideals of the early co-operators of the 18th and 19th centuries. They are embodied in the Statement of Co-operative Identity published by the International Co-operative Alliance.

For more information about the origins of co-operation, please visit the National Co-operative Archive.

Young Co-operatives share the values of the wider movement:

Co-operative values

Self help - Individuals should strive to control their destiny. Working together for mutual benefit can be much better than working alone.

Self responsibility - Members should feel responsible for the success of their organisation.

Democracy - The co-operative is democratically controlled.

Equality - All members have an equal right to be informed.

Equity - All members should be treated and rewarded fairly.

Solidarity - Sharing a sense of collective responsibility for the enterprise. Supporting each other and other co-operatives.

Ethical Values

Honesty - Reliable, trustworthy.

Openness - Open to scrutiny and listens to others.

Social responsibility - Has a role as a positive force for social change and a responsibility for the improvement of society.

Caring for others - Supports a variety of initiatives beneficial to the local and wider community.