Our Seven Guiding Values:
Equal Access: Every person, regardless of economic or social status, deserves access to healthy, affordable food that is also culturally relevant and produced in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
Local Agriculture: Supporting local agriculture is one aspect of responsible stewardship of the planet’s resources. The co-op will support the local food system by offering a consistent retail outlet for local producers.
Local Economy: The co-op will help create jobs for local food producers, farmers and staff. Profits from the co-op will go back to member-owners, remaining in the community and further strengthening the local economy.
Outreach & Education: The health of our communities and our food systems depends on informed consumers. The Co-op will seek to inform its customers and member-owners within the store, and also to reach out to foster dialogue in the greater community about where our food comes from, and our choices as consumers.
Profitability: A strong local economy depends on locally-owned for-profit businesses that thrive and reinvest locally. Urban Greens will support the local food system and economy by being a profitable business that is also engaged and invested in the community.
Diversity: Urban Greens will reach out to local communities that are not yet represented in the membership, and will offer products that meet the needs of the diverse cultures in the area.
Cooperative Principles, Cooperative Values: As a cooperative, we will strive for democracy, openness, community engagement and social responsibility. We are guided by the International Co-operative Alliance’s Seven Cooperative Principles: 1. Voluntary and Open Membership, 2. Democratic Member Control, 3. Member Economic Participation, 4. Autonomy and Independence, 5. Education, Training, and Information, 6. Cooperation among Cooperatives, 7. Concern for Community.
7 Cooperative Principles
The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.