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Co-Operative Sector

Co-Operative Sector


Co-operatives are autonomous associations formed and democratically directed by people who come together to meet common economic, social, and cultural needs. Founded on the principle of participatory governance, co-ops are governed by those who use their services: their members.

Cooperatives can be labeled more than one way, so it can be a little confusing at first. Labels may refer to the ownership structure, the product or service the co-op offers, or the activity the group engages in collectively. Just about any co-op can have more than one label.


There are many more types of common co-operatives, as well as a disparate array of goods, services, and infrastructure that are provided to people all over the world through the co-operative model.