Co-operatives are businesses owned and run by people like you, not driven by the whims of the stock market. Whether a co-operative benefits its workers, customers or members of the community, they give their members an equal say over what the business does, as well as an equal share of the profits.
Co-operatives exist in all sectors of the economy and bring democracy and equality back into the workplace. They also aim to have a positive impact on their environment and community and act together to create a more sustainable and equal world.
In the UK, co-operatives are not defined by their legal structure but their commitment to the seven Co-operative Principles:
There are over 6,000 co-operatives in the UK. Find out more.
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One billion people are members of co-operatives worldwide.