La Coop fédérée is part of a major global cooperative movement. Cooperation is not a marginal phenomenon. Over one billion people—one in six people worldwide—are members of the nearly 2.6 million cooperatives around the world! Sales of the 300 largest cooperatives and mutuals total USD 2.2 billion.
Moreover, cooperatives employ 280 million people worldwide, or 10% of the global labour force, and generate USD 2.1 trillion in sales while providing the services and infrastructure society needs to thrive.
La Coop fédérée is proud to contribute to sustainable economic development and provide stable, quality jobs.
The cooperative identity
In 1844, the founders of the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, the model for today’s cooperatives, designed the principles that define the particular function of cooperative enterprises. They were called the cooperative principles.
These principles were enshrined in practice as the real indicators of cooperative authenticity.
The creation of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in 1895 equipped the cooperative movement with an organization that would be the guardian of the cooperative principles. The ICA periodically reviews the principles to ensure they remain current.
The most recent review took place on the ICA’s centennial. This is the wording of what is now called the Statement on the Cooperative Identity, adopted at the ICA general meeting following the Manchester Congress on September 23, 1995.
A cooperative 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.
Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.