The Seven International Co-op Principles are explained at every co-op new member orientation and are a key part of the co-op identity. Join PACA at the Kensington Community Food Co-op to start or deepen that learning! Their origins go back to the Rochdale pioneers who led the way for our modern co-op movement back in 1844. How is it that these principles are still relevant today? How have they changed over the last century and a half?
These principles are intended to guide co-ops all over the world, as well as to help form our shared identity. How do we practice them in our co-ops and beyond? Considering our current socio-economic and political climate, do they go far enough to help us build the equitable and inclusive co-op communities we want?
We’ll explore these and other questions to help us grow our understanding of and connection to the principles.
Note on accessibility: PACA is committed to providing accessible programs, events, and services. Please contact us at [email protected] regarding accommodations - and we’ll do our best to assist. Restrictions to full accessibility will be posted as soon as possible.
The Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance (PACA) is a cooperative whose members are co-ops in the Philadelphia region. PACA is also a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to growing the cooperative economy. Our mission is to improve the lives of people in the Philadelphia region by supporting democratically organized businesses, promoting the principles of the international cooperative movement, and growing the cooperative economy.