As a co-operative organisation we sign up to the international co-operative values and principles.
We base our work on the agreed values of:
· Self help
· Self responsibility
· Social responsibility
· Caring for others
Our principles for putting these values into practice are:
· Voluntary and Open Membership
· Democratic Member Control
· Member Economic Participation
· Autonomy and Independence
· Education, Training and Information
· Co-operation Among Co-operatives
· Concern for Community
What is a co-operative?
A co-operative is a group of people acting together to meet the common needs and aspirations of its members, sharing ownership and making decisions democratically.
Co-operatives are not about making big profits for shareholders, but creating value for customers ‑ this is what gives co-operatives a unique character, and influences our values and principles.
A world of co-operatives
There are many co-operative businesses throughout the world, of which The Co-operative Group is the largest consumer co-operative.
The Robert Owen Group is a proud member of Co-operatives UK, an organisation that unites, serves and represents all co-operatives in the UK.
For more information about the co-operative movement in the UK visit the Co-operatives UK website.
More information about the international co-operative movement can be found at the International Co-operative Alliance website.