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Cooperation

Cooperation is more than just our business model; it’s our driving purpose 

We are a group of members who want to ensure the group’s sustainability and strength, and this desire fuels our thoughts, actions and decisions. 

Highlights

1/6

1 in 6 people

 

More than one billion people—one sixth of the world’s population—belong to one of the 2.6 million cooperatives worldwide.

2,2
T$

in sales

 

Sales of the 300 largest cooperatives and mutuals total USD 2.2 billion. 

10
%

of the population

 

Cooperatives employ 280 million people worldwide, or 10% of the world’s labour force. 

Our model

What is a cooperative?

A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise. 

Cooperative values

Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. 

OUR COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES

VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

 

DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL

Cooperatives are democratic organizations 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 cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote), and cooperatives at other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.

 

MEMBER ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the cooperative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND INFORMATION

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public—particularly young people and opinion leaders—about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

 

COOPERATION AMONG COOPERATIVES

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

 

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

 

Our story
Sollio Cooperative Group is a forward-looking organization
Our commitment
Our commitment has a direct positive impact in the communities wherever we are involved.