Our store is not alone, but it is independent
Co-ops are based on values not unlike those we subscribe to individually, including self-responsibility, democracy, equality, honesty and social responsibility. As members of the NCGA we benefit from being part of a "virtual chain" while remaining locally controlled.
In 2004, together with many of our fellow grocery co-ops, Neighborhood Co-op helped form the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA). By working together, NCGA member stores are able to offer better pricing on products. We also have a greater voice advocating for issues of importance to co-op owners. As of 2012, NCGA member stores have combined sales of over $1.5 billion and they serve more than 1.3 million people.
Why shop at a Co-op?
The NCGA undertook a study to document the social and economic impact that our food co-ops have on their local communities. The study was conducted by the ICA Group, a not-for-profit consulting firm with expertise in cooperatives, economic development, and business research. This study marks the first time we've had quantitative data to demonstrate the economic, social, and environmental impact of food co-ops as compared to conventional grocers. See some of what we learned...
Co-ops are based on values not unlike those we subscribe to individually, including self-responsibility, democracy, equality, honesty and social responsibility.
In addition to these common values, seven basic principles serve as guidelines to provide a democratic structure for co-ops around the world. While adoption of these principles is not required, most co-ops choose to adopt them for their business.
Seven Cooperative Principles
Ownership (who owns the co-op)
- 1. Voluntary and open membership
2. Democratic member control
Decision making (how decisions are made in a co-op)
- 3. Member economic participation
- 4. Autonomy and independence
Special Practices (the ways co-ops put their beliefs into action)
- 5. Education, training and information
- 6. Cooperation among cooperatives
- 7. Concern for community
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