Cooperatives around the world operate according to the same set of core principles and values, adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative founded in Rochdale, England in 1844. These principles are a key reason that America’s electric cooperatives operate differently from other electric utilities, putting the needs of their members first.
The seventh cooperative principle is Concern for Community.
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.