Who controls the co-op?
• Co-ops are democratically controlled using a system of “one member one vote”. • “One member one vote” ensures that the co-op acts for the common good and not just for a few individuals. • Members control the co-op through a locally elected Board of Directors. • A member can become a Director of the co-op by allowing their name to stand at an annual election. • Members can also exercise control by attending annual meetings, by proposing or voting on resolutions, or by offering suggestions to co-op management and directors. • Decisions affecting the co-op are made locally in the best interests of the members and the community, and not in remote head offices.