A just and livable world with a sustainable economy founded on informed choice and cooperative values.
Consumer-owned grocery stores serving our community with quality products and honest information.
We are committed to maintaining the economic viability of the Co-op in order to:
- Promote cooperative ownership by fostering member involvement and responding to member needs.
- Build community by respecting diversity and cultivating connections within the Co-op and Whatcom County.
- Encourage informed choices by educating ourselves and our community on issues of food, healthy lifestyles, the environment, and human rights.
- Model ethical business and employment practices by acting with honesty, integrity, and respect in the workplace and marketplace.
- Promote a sustainable economy by supporting organic and sustainable food production and other environmentally and socially responsible businesses locally, regionally, and nationally.
Co-ops around the world, including ours, are founded on the six principles created by the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society. A seventh principle was adopted by the International Cooperative Alliance in 1995.
- Voluntary and open membership—Everyone is welcome to become a member.
- Democratic member control—One member, one vote.
- Member economic participation—Your shares are an investment in the Co-op.
- Autonomy and independence—We are owned by members and operate for member benefit.
- Education, training, and information—Education opportunities for staff and members.
- Cooperation among cooperatives—Open communication with other co-ops.
- Concern for the community—Donations, shared information, and sponsorship of community events.