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Policies & Procedures

Kit Carson Electric Cooperative's Policies:


 

Seven Cooperative Principles
 
For the past 30 years, there have been six guiding principles adhered to by the co-ops around the world. As of September 23, 1995, that number increased to seven, the result of a vote taken at the General Assembly of the International Cooperative Alliance in Manchester, England. The new principles essentially combine two of the old principles “limited return on investment” and “return of patronage” into a principle called “economic participation.”
 
Two new titles have been added and language reworked as follows:
 
Voluntary and Open Membership
Cooperatives are voluntary organization, 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.
 
Democratic Member Control
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions.  Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary cooperatives, members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and cooperatives at other levels are organized in a democratic manner.
 
Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of the Cooperative.  At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the Cooperative. 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 the cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
 
Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are autonomous, self-help organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratize control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.
 
Education, Training, and Information
Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperatives. They inform the general public particularly young people and opinion leaders about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
 
Cooperation Among Cooperatives
Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, and international structure.
 
Concern for Community
While focusing on member needs, cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies accepted by their members.
 
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