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On the relative advantage of cooperatives
We show that the fact that farmers in a cooperative individually decide how much to supply to the cooperative may serve as a commitment device for credibly and profit.
Cooperative housing a greener and more sustainable way of living.
International communities are by no means a new idea, but they have often been cited as experimental spaces or test beds for the future.
One of the ways cooperatives differ from other business structures is their adherence to cooperative principles and values that reflect social, political, and business concerns. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the Rochdale pioneers, who established the first modern cooperative in Rochdale, England in 1844. These principles have been refined, adapted, and reinterpreted over time. The seven principles used by the International Cooperative Alliance today are generally accepted by cooperatives worldwide.
“A combination of factors, including the rising cost of housing in recent years, have forced many people to look for alternative housing options. This guide to co-op housing attempts to answer your questions regarding ownership, responsibilities, and benefits of living in a housing cooperative.”
Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030
This brief is part of the Transforming our world: A cooperative 2030 series produced by the Committee for the Promotion and Advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC). Through a series of 17 briefs, one for each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), COPAC hopes to raise awareness about the significant contributions of cooperative enterprises towards achieving the 2030 Agenda in a sustainable, inclusive and responsible way and encourage continued support for their efforts.
The Characteristics of Housing Cooperatives
Housing Cooperatives are a distinctive form of home ownership with many characteristics that make it superior to other residential arrangements such as single-family ownership, condominiums and renting. A primary advantage of the housing cooperative is the pooling of the members’ resources so that their buying power is leveraged, thus lowering the cost per member in all the services and products associated with home ownership. Another key element is that the members, through their elected representatives who serve on the board of directors, screen and select who may live in the cooperative, unlike any other form of home ownership.
The cooperative way of doing business
A cooperative is “an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly owned and democratically controlled enterprise.” ILO Recommendation 193 on the Promotion of Cooperatives (2002)