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Open and voluntary membership

Cooperatives are open voluntary organizations for all those people willing to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities which entail the membership without discrimination of genre, race, social class and political or religious position.
Our ActionsWe are a Group which motivates the active participation of its several interest groups, with the aim of giving more value to the organization, to the people who belong to it and to those people which are related to such organization.


Principles and values are the distinctive elements of the cooperative organizations and companies.

As early as in 1844, Pioneros de Rochdale, founders of the first cooperative of the history, had formulated a principle system which was simple, clear and convincing, which assured them the organization management in favour of its members.

The new Cooperative Identity Declaration adopted by the 2nd General Assembly of ACI, which was carried out in September 2005 in the city of Manchester, in the opportunity of the celebration of the Alliance Centenary includes a new definition of the word cooperative and a revision of the formulation of the Cooperative Principles and Values. The new formulation maintains the essence of a system of principles and values which showed to be efficient in more than 150 years of history and it contributed to transform cooperativism in one of the biggest social and economic forces at a worldwide level, at the same time that it incorporates new elements for a better interpretation of the current historical moment.

Cooperatives are based on values such as mutual help, responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. 

Following the tradition of its founders, its members believe in the ethical values of honesty, transparency, social responsibility and concern for the others.

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A cooperative is an autonomous association of people which have voluntarily joined in order to face up their needs and mutual economic, social and cultural aspirations through a democratically controlled company of jointly property.


Icon of Cooperativism

The two pines represent life, as they are two they symbolize fraternity, union, solidarity and the need of a joint work. For this reason, the movement adopted them as the official symbol, after its creation in the year 1920, being nowadays the most representative symbol of cooperativism.
The two pines means that it is needed more than one to have cooperation.
The size is the same and this means the growth in equality. For the Japanese, for instance, the pine is a symbol of perseverance, health, longevity, character force and silence, the latter being so important in the spiritual growth. For them, the pine is essential in the aesthetic and character of their gardens..

Meaning of each of its Parts

The Pine

In ancient times, the pine tree was considered as a symbol of immortality and fertility; it was respected for its survival capacity in the least fertilized lands and the surprising multiplication capacity.

The Circle

The circle represents eternal life, because of a final horizon. It also represents the idea of the world, reflecting in such way the idea of universality.


Dark green colour is similar to the colour of the chlorophyll, where the vital principle of nature is originated.


Gold yellow represents the sun, permanent source of energy, hot and life.

The Emblem

A circle embracing two pine trees, means the movement union, the immortality of its principles, it is the fertility of its followers. All these have marked in the ascending path of the pine trees, for those who project themselves very high, trying to grow more and more.

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