DFC Ends #4:  Staff who are valued, educated and motivated

DFC Ends #4:
Staff who are valued, educated and motivated

The Davis Food Co-op exists to serve as a community store and gathering place for current and future owners, so they have: A thriving cooperatively owned business,Access to healthful, local and high-quality food,A store that makes environmental sustainability a...

DFC Ends #1:  A thriving cooperatively owned business

DFC Ends #1:
A thriving cooperatively owned business

Building on top of the Cooperative Principles that all co-ops abide by, the Davis Food Co-op decided to create an Ends Statement which is a statement about the purpose of an organization, why it exists (rather than what it does) and how it does things. Ends statements...

Cooperative Principles #7:Concern for the Community

Cooperative Principles #7:
Concern for the Community

Principle #7 covers all the education, outreach, donations, and community support that the Davis Food Co-op gives or helps with. The Davis Food Co-op is hard at work, assisting local organizations battle food insecurity in our community. We regularly donate food to...

Cooperative Principle #6:Cooperation among Cooperatives

Cooperative Principle #6:
Cooperation among Cooperatives

All Co-ops have a collaborative goal to help all co-ops succeed. Co-op owners knew from early on that the most effective way to strengthen the cooperative movement is by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures. There are many...

Cooperative Principle #4:  Autonomy & Independence

Cooperative Principle #4:
Autonomy & Independence

The fourth cooperative principle continues speaking to the impact of Ownership and Democratic control that are inherit in co-ops. Co-ops are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their Owners/Members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations,...

Cooperative Principle #3:  Member Economic Participation

Cooperative Principle #3:
Member Economic Participation

As we know already, Members/Owners contribute equitably to, and therefore democratically control, the capital of their cooperative. The third cooperative principle explores the ways in which that capital can benefit Owners as investors in the business. Unlike large...