Cooperatives around the world generally operate according to the following same core principles and values:
Voluntary and Open Membership
Voluntary and Open Membership to persons willing to accept the responsibilities and benefits without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
Democratic Member Control
Democratic Member Control which means owned and controlled by their members who have equal voting rights "one member one vote".
Members Economic Participation
Member Economic Participation allows them to equitably contribute to, and manage the capital of the cooperative.
Autonomy and Independence
Autonomy and Independence are maintained if an agreement is entered into with another organization.
Education, Training and Information
Education, Training and Information are provided for the members so they can effectively contribute to the development of their cooperative.
Cooperation among Cooperatives
Co-operation Among Cooperatives is necessary for the strengthening of the movement locally, nationally, regionally and internationally.
Concern for Community
Concern for Community through sustainable development of the community, facilitated by policies approved by its members.