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For Heritage Open Days 2020, Principle 5 is pleased to present this 4-minute introductory video: “Co-operatives, Past, Present and Future”

We also welcome visits to the Resource Centre for a short guided tour, during Heritage Open Days 11th-20th September 2020, by arrangement via email.

 

The Principle 5 Co-operative Resource Centre is open to one visitor at a time. We have digital resources and are happy to help with enquiries electronically. We will endeavour to provide resources by e.mail as requested.

For enquiries and appointments contact: steve@sheffield.coop

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Co-operative News Index

The on-line index can be searched at:

https://www.coopnews.principle5.coop/

Co-operative news was indexed for around 50 years from it’s first edition in 1871. It had not been indexed since the First World War. The current indexing is proceeding steadily.

Progress So Far

The editions held in the Principle 5 Resource Centre between 18th March 1997 and 19th February 2005 have been indexed.

Co-operative News became a monthly magazine from February 2017. Since that date, articles can be searched and read on the Co-op News website: https://www.thenews.coop/uk/

Co-operative News has been digitalised from February 2017 and can be accessed in this form at:

https://www.yumpu.com/user/cooperativenews

NOTE: the most recent editions are not available on the yumpu site.

You can view the Principle 5 catalogue HERE

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Sheffield Co-operative Party published ‘The Sheffield Co-operator’ a monthly newspaper from May 1922 until July 1939.

During the 1920s and 30s The Sheffield Co-operator was the only paper in Sheffield to constantly advocate co-operative principles and promote co-operatives. It reported on all of the issues which were of interest to people in Sheffield and refuted the negative reporting from the mainstream press towards co-operatives at that time.

It had a guaranteed circulation of 30,000.

The Sheffield Co-operator, June 1934

Principle 5 has revived ‘The Sheffield Co-operator’ and has so far published three editions.

The Sheffield Co-operator 2017

The Sheffield Co-operator 2018

The Sheffield Co-operator 2020

The October 2020 edition of Co-operative News carries an article about the ‘Sheffield Co-operator’.

The Revival of the Sheffield Co-operator – Co-op News

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Co-operative identity, values & principles

A co-operative is 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.

Values

Co-operatives 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.

Principles

The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put their values into practice.

Principle 1: Voluntary and Open Membership

Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.

Principle 2: Democratic Member Control

Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.

Principle 3: Member Economic Participation

Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.

Principle 4: Autonomy and Independence

Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.

Principle 5: Education, Training and Information

Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public – particularly young people and opinion leaders – about the nature and benefits of co-operation.

Principle 6: Co-operation among Co-operatives

Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

Principle 7: Concern for Community

Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

More information about the values and principles can be found at: www.ica.coop

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The Principle 5 Collection

The Principle 5 Collection is now fully catalogued. The archive and library material can be downloaded from the archives page

https://www.principle5.coop/archives

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Principle 5 newsletter

May 2017

June 2017

July 2017

September 2017

December 2017

January 2018

April 2018

May 2018

July 2018

International Co-operatives Day 2018

August 2018

September 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

June, July 2019

August 2019

September 2019

October, November 2019

December 2019

January 2020

February 2020

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

Mid October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

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reviving co-operative culture

Purposes and Aims

• Protect and safeguard the books, publications, archival materials and resources placed in trust for the use of the co-operative movement and for future generations.

• Make these available to all members who would wish to use them.

• Support the development of co-operative education and culture.

• Work co-operatively with other organisations and individuals who have compatible aims.

• Seek support from the wider co-operative movement.

• Be as true as possible to the ICA Statement of Co-operative identity (Values and Principles).

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