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

Co-ops include:

Agricultural: farms, feed suppliers, and seed banks.

Computer and Internet: ISPs, web hosting, and computer design collectives

Energy: utility companies and power providers

Financial: banks, credit unions, investors, insurers, and mortgage brokers

Food Cooperatives: health-food stores and bulk food sharing programs

Housing: housing cooperatives and intentional communities.

Visual Arts: groups of artists, both living and working together.

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.