What is a Co-op?
a farm, business, or other organization which is owned and run jointly by its members, who share the profits or benefits.
Cooperatives spanning the globe generally operate according to the same core principles and values, adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1995. The International Cooperative Alliance is a global membership association of co-ops and co-op support organizations. Cooperatives trace the roots of these principles to the first modern cooperative, which was founded in Rochdale, England in 1844.