Don’t let the co-operative sun set!
Concerned co-operators uphold the practice of members’ ownership and control, the norm in most worker co-operatives but neglected, though affirmed in principle, in the larger enterprises:
- Democratic member control: Co-operative Group –http://www.co-operative.coop/aboutus/ourvaluesandprinciples/
- Democratic member control: All co-operatives are organised on the principle of one member, one vote. They are controlled by their members who set their policies and make decisions – http://www.avoncda.coop/coopprinciples.htm
A few years after the event which has eventually triggered the setting up of this site, a group of co-operators concerned about the ‘corporatisation’ of the large societies, involving loss of members’ control, began to correspond.
The most fruitful response to our concern has been a definitive article by the Lincolnshire Co-op Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter, “Commercial confidentiality versus Co-op democracy”.