The principles followed by most member-owned cooperatives have their
origin in the experience of the highly successful consumer cooperative
begun in Rochdale, England, in 1844.
The Rochdale Equitable
Pioneer's Society was formed by a group of 28 weavers who started a
cooperative selling food staples and other needed supplies.
stated in many different ways, the principles essentially provide that a
cooperative follows the guidelines listed below.
As adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1966 and amended in 1995:
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