At First Question we work together co-operatively and aim to incorporate the co-operative values and principles in everything we do. We don't mind saying that this is the crucial message in our training, and that we need to practice it.
We meet 3 times a year just to explore how a set of values and principles related to us personally and our training. We share stories, learnings and check that we are running our business as co-operatively as possible.
We can replicate this for your community or organisation or enquire about joining in on one of our sessions. It gives us the chance to practice getting accross the Values and Princlples over to new people. See below too.......
In the tradition of their founders, co-op members believe in the ethical values of:
Care for others
The co-operative PRINCIPLES are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations; open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote), and co operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the Co-operative Movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
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