our values

our values

We have strong co-operative and ethical values that influence The Co-operative Membership and the way we run all of our businesses:

our co-operative values

Self-help we help people to help themselves.
Self-responsibility we take responsibility for, and answer to our actions.
Democracy we give our members a say in the way we run our businesses.
Equality no matter how much money a member invests in their share account, they still have one vote.
Equity we carry our business in a way that is fair and unbiased.
Solidarity we share interests and common purposes with our members and other co-operatives.

our ethical values

Openness nobody’s perfect, and we won’t hide it when we’re not.
Honesty we are honest about what we do and the way we do it.
Social responsibility we encourage people to take responsibility for their own community, and work together to improve it.
Caring for others we regularly fund charities and local community groups from the profits of our businesses.

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