At Designer Cushions and Throws we make all our products on site and our business is run according to ethical principles. We also use organic, natural, recycled, upcycled, pre-loved and vintage fabrics for our collections. We have recently been reading about co-operative business models and are excited to share some titbits with you.
You can read all about this topic in “People Over Capital: The co-operative alternative to capitalism”. A highly recommended read, particularly for small artisan businesses. Ethical Consumer offer free postage and packaging.
Did you know:
- The co-operative movement consists of approximately 1billion members in over 100 countries and it is estimated that co-operatives account for approximately 100million jobs world-wide.
- The first modern UK co-operative was established in 1844 by the Rochdale Pioneers against the backdrop of industrial hardship and economic depression.
- Workers’ cooperatives hold the potential to promote the economic, social and ecological pillars of sustainable development through supporting and co-operating at the local, regional and global level with individuals, communities and other co-operative and social-economy organisations.
- The co-operative movement helps to promote economic, social and ecological ethics where national policies have been eroded through the unaccountable power of modern corporations.
- Within a worker’s co-operative, any situation that arises affecting the community is represented internally by the co-operative members representing the wider concerns of the local or regional community
Co-operatives the world over adopt and cultivate democratic equality and participation as an internal organising principle. The values of the global co-operative movement are defined through the International Co-operative Alliance as follows:
‘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.’
Sounds great to us. What do you think?