What is a co-operative?
“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility,
democracy, equality, equity and solidarity.”
International Co-operative Alliance
In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. That’s the official definition according to the International Co-operative Alliance.
ORICoop believes that farms should be invested in and owned and managed by entities that have a long term interest in the preservation, restoration, viability, productivity and longevity of the asset.
Seven Cooperative Principles
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training, and information
- Co-operation among co-operatives
- Concern for Community
Together with members, investors, farmers and consumers, ORICoop seeks to do business differently. With aligned intention, expansive investment and farm management, opportunities and people development – we want to see the world of organic food be prosperous, safe and world changing.
We believe that people should be able to farm organically without profit always being the single strongest driver & motivator. We also believe that people and investors, can be intrinsically involved in their investments, and to see the long term outcome of these benefits beyond the financial return.
We’re committed to creating a farmer-owned, people owned, investor balanced co-operative that purchases and manages organic farms and businesses for long term real impact, capped returns, community benefit, and the land protected in perpetuity.
Importantly, as member owners, we believe we should build community for the common and collective good.
‘We have benefitted greatly from those that have travelled this pathway previously, and the support of education and development. If you are considering creating your own Co-operative – see these sites for great resources and guidelines, and people!’
‘We are grateful to the Co-operative Partnerships we have established, and continue to collaborate with. In a world embracing change, we are honoured to share this journey with like minded Co-operatives that are making great progress for a better world!
Beechworth Food Co-operative