The International Cooperative Alliance is a global membership association of cooperatives and co-op support organizations.  Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.

The 7 Cooperative Principles

1.  Voluntary and Open Membership

2.  Democratic Member Control

3.  Members’ Economic Participation

4.  Autonomy and Independence

5.  Education, Training and Information

6.  Cooperation among Cooperatives

7.  Concern for Community

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