Cooperatives (also called co-ops) are a form of business ownership that is practiced all over the world. The most common types of cooperatives are worker-owned and consumer-owned. Most cooperatives adhere to seven principles:
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Member Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Training and Information
- Co-operation among Co-operatives
- Concern for Community
Only businesses operated under a cooperative business model (i.e., worker-owned or customer-owned) reside in Business/Cooperatives and its subcategories.
If you are not sure whether your business operates under a cooperative model, you may wish to see http://www.cooponline.coop/about_whatis_values.html.
Sites that are not in the English language should be submitted to a business category in the appropriate language in the World/ category.
Web sites of computer and / or internet related companies making use of a cooperative model of business.
Please submit any computer and internet related businesses that are either worker-owned or consumer-owned. Businesses include, but are not limited to, software companies, ISPs, internet services, web hosting, computer manufacturing and sales.
Organizations to assist co-op businesses, often particularly in the formation of new co-ops. They are often referred to as CDAs.
Organizations that study co-operatives and co-operative values, or serve to educate people on co-operative principles.