Cooperatives exist and are present in the world more than 180 years.
There are more than 180 cooperatives in the world years. The principles on which they were built, have functioned and evolved over the years have changed. Today, we have seven generally accepted principles:
1. Voluntary and open membership
In cooperatives the membership is voluntary and may include physical or legal persons, regardless of gender, political, national or religious differences between them.
2. Democratic governance
The cooperatives are managed by the members and everyone of them participates in the initiation, creation and decision making.
3. Membership fee and control of financial assets
Based on established rules, members pay membership fees, and at the same time they have the control and decide on how to spend the financial resources available to the cooperative.
4. Independence and independence
The cooperatives are owned by the members and they manage them independently.
5. Education, training, information
In function of the individual and the common development, cooperatives establish a system of continuous and timely exchange of information, education and practical training of members.
6. Cooperation between members
Cooperatives provide and encourage closer and greater cooperation between members of the cooperative, but also cooperation with members of other cooperatives.
7. Care for the society By meeting the needs of the members, cooperatives also contribute to the development of societies in which they operate.