The Cooperative Principles
Like other co-ops across the country, the Silverton Food Co-op operates under the seven cooperative principles. These principles guide our decision-making and structure as we work to build our co-op community.
Voluntary and open membership: Cooperatives 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.
Democratic member control: Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and decision-making.
Member economic participation: Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative.
Autonomy and independence: Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members.
Education, training, and information: Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative.
Cooperation among cooperatives: Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by cooperating with one another.
Concern for community: While focusing on members’ needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.