ICA calls for comments on co-operative principles

May 12, 2014
International Co-operative Alliance calls for comments

Under the auspices of the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade, the Principles Committee is leading the drafting of Guidance Notes – interpretation aids for the Cooperative Principles. 


In October 2012 in Manchester, UK, delegates to the General Assembly of the Alliance awarded a mandate to the Principles Committee to create Guidance Notes for the 1995 Co-operative Principles. This initiative is embedded within the Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade as a fundamental activity that will shape the pillar of Identity, strengthening the co-operative difference.


The objectives of the Principles Committee in drafting the Guidance Notes are two-fold:

  • Provide guidance on the Co-operative Principles (as articulated in the Statement on the Co-operative Identity)
  • Establish the irreducible core of each Principle, and thus, of the co-operative identity

On this page you will find the draft Guidance Notes for the following Principles:

  • Member Economic Participation
  • Education, Training, and Information
  • Concern for Community

Please read the draft guidance notes, share them in your networks, discuss them, and send your comments to Hanan El-Youssef, Strategy Manager at elyoussef@ica.coop by 15 May 2014.

We thank you for your continued participation in and support for the Blueprint initiatives. With your contributions, we believe in a successful Co-operative Decade.

The International Co-operative Alliance Team

Download the draft document