Save the Cooperative Party – Cooperative Group Link

“Not just shoppers. Pioneers.

Working together, the Co-operative Group and the Co-operative Party have helped to create a fairer Britain.
Together, we’ve led the way in protecting shoppers and the environment, and championed fairtrade. We’ve supported credit unions, won new rights for football supporters, and created a network of 800 co-op schools. And we’ve secured strong legal foundations for the next generation of co-ops to grow and thrive.
But now that partnership is at risk.
On the 16th of May, Co-op Group members will vote on whether to continue supporting the Co-operative party. The co-op has never just been an ordinary supermarket – let’s work together to keep it that way.”
Keep it Coop!

Cooperative Principles


A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.


Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.


The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.

1. Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

2. Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

3. Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

4. Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

5. Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

6. Co-operation among Co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and 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.

The Cooperative Party

Cooperativism Basic Principles

Popular Cooperativism Portal

Cooperativism on YouTube

Rochdale Pioneers Museum

The Rochdale Pioneers Film

A Cooperative History

Sheffield Cooperative History

Cooperatives vs. the Injustices of Capitalism