All around the world, in the year 2012, people celebrated a business model that puts people first, innovates to meet member need and provides local service while being part of a global network. 

The International Year of the Cooperatives 2012 has come to a close. Visit www.ncba.coop to learn more about cooperatives in the United States. 

Co-ops put people first

Co-ops innovate to meet member needs

Cooperatives provide local service and are part of a global network

"Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility. "

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Principle Six: Cooperative Trade Movement

The sixth international principle of cooperatives is “cooperation among cooperatives.” Simply put, it says that co-ops believe in supporting each other. Imagine the power behind an entire network of co-ops leading with their values and encouraging their members to do the same. Principle Six is a pilot initiative that intends to build a food system and economy in alignment with cooperative values. Principle Six members highlight and promote products which meet the group’s “highest values,” including cooperative-sourced and distributed foods and products.