Opening of Chorley Co-operative Society store, Birkacre, Coppull. c 1930s.

A cooperative (also coöperative or co-operative or co-op) has been defined in the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Statement on the Co-operative Identity as "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise." A simpler definition of a cooperative can be defined as a business owned by the people who use its services. They "are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others." Such enterprises are the focus of study in the field of Co-operative economics. Cooperatives also have a sponsored top level domain .coop, which informs users that they are dealing with a co-op.

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Febraury 2011

Co-op, Northenden Road, Sale.

The Co-operative announces "the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history" that will " build a more sustainable economy." February 18 [1]

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June 2010

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  • Radical Routes offer 'how to' type publications, for example 'How to set up a Workers Co-op.'

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