1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without any discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members and independent from other organisations, including governments.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for all their stakeholders so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
Source : www.cecop.coop/Values-and-Principles