Last month, we discussed the cooperative-form of business and the seven cooperative principles.
Each month we’ll highlight one of the seven principles and explain what that means to a member-owned, not-for-profit organization like JOEMC. In January, we discussed Voluntary and Open Membership—this month we’ll talk about Democratic Member Control.
#2 Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote), and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.