Cooperative Identity

ABC affirms the International Cooperative Alliance’s definition of a cooperative as 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”. We embody the cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity as well as the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. We practice our values with the guidance of the seven cooperative principles:


  1. Voluntary and Open Membership
  2. Democratic Member Control
  3. Member Economic Participation
  4. Autonomy and Independence
  5. Education, Training and Information
  6. Co-operation among Co-operatives
  7. Concern for Community