Cooperatives around the world share the same seven principles, which are based on values such as democracy, equality and solidarity.

The 7 cooperative principles are:

  1. Voluntary and open membership
  2. Democratic member control
  3. Economic participation through direct ownership
  4. Autonomy and independence
  5. Education, training and information
  6. Cooperation among cooperatives
  7. Concern for community

Watch an explanation here! Available with English and Greek subtitles.

The 7 cooperative principles with examples from energy cooperatives.