Cooperative Principle #4—Autonomy and Independence

Posted: October 15, 2015

In honor of Cooperative Month, we will highlight Cooperative Principles each week!

Today we are highlighting Cooperative Principle #4—Autonomy and Independence.

Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If the cooperative enters into agreements with other organizations or raises capital from external sources, it is done so based on terms that ensure democratic control by the member and maintains the cooperative autonomy.

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