About the Cooperative Movement

Cooperatives are businesses owned and managed by and for their members. Members can be customers or employees. What makes a co-op different to a shareholder business is that each member has a say in how the business is run and gets a share of the profit.

You’ll find co-ops in almost every sector:

  • Banking and insurance
  • Agriculture and fisheries
  • Health, social care and housing
  • Wholesale and retail
  • Media and the creative industries
  • Power and utilities

Some of the world’s largest and most successful enterprises are Cooperatives – the top 300 Cooperatives alone have a turnover of over $2.2 trillion