Our view: Considering impact on people and communities

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...

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:

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.

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