In all that we do, the co-op impact upon the world is always considered.
Co-op principles ensure a better way of business for the benefit of people and community.
While co-operatives do make economical sense for members by pooling resources and saving costs, there’s more behind the desire to co-own a business.
Dirk Vansintjan, president of energy co-op body REScoop, sums it up perfectly in an article for Co-op News.
“People join up,” he says, “not just because of competitive energy prices and investment returns, but also their desire to fight climate change, develop co-operation with their neighbours, and support the added value of community projects towards the local economy.”
It is this desire for change that unites people and creates co-operation. It is why people put selflessness behind them and work together for the greater good.
Day-in-day-out this greater good is practised by a billion members of co-ops around the world through a million co-operative businesses.
Co-op impact spreads far and wide. Some recent examples of people pushing for change include:
- Co-operators discussing how co-ops can create a post-carbon world
- An initiative from credit unions, which is making loans more accessible online
- Investing over £10m in sustainable tourism when shoppers buy a Co-op holiday
This is just a snapshot of the co-operative movement. And today, the world needs a strong focus on co-op principles based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity for all.