The goals of Co-op Month, are to raise public awareness of cooperatives and celebrate their accomplishments. “Cooperatives Commit” is the theme for National Cooperative Month in October 2017. 

Did you know...

  • There are more than 40,000 cooperative businesses in the United States with 350 million members (many people belong to more than one co-op). These cooperatives generate $514 billion in revenue and more than $25 billion in wages, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, with support from USDA Rural Development. 
  • Cooperatives represent a strong business model and greatly contribute to both the national and local economies.
  • Studies show that consumers want to do business with companies that share their values, making today’s environment ideal for cooperatives and their commitment to the communities in which their members live and work.
  • Co-ops represent democracy in action, with control exercised by a board of directors elected from the ranks of members; the board hires and directs management and is ultimately responsible to the members.
  • Cooperatives generate jobs in their communities, keep profits local and pay local taxes to help support community services. Cooperatives often take part in community improvement programs, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to benefit from the cooperative experience.

Independent Stationers wants to remind you that we are a cooperative and want you to spread the word to your customers about what co-ops do and their importance in communities.

“Polls show that Americans like the idea of doing business with a cooperative, but many people still don’t understand what co-ops are,” said Sarah Crozier, Communication Manager at the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International and Co-op Month Committee co-chair. “That’s why we observe Co-op Month every October, with the goal of shining the spotlight on the many benefits of the producer-, worker- and user-owned business model, and letting people know that cooperatives are all around them.”

A few U.S. co-ops you and your customers know:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Do It Best
  • Land ‘O Lakes
  • Sunkist Growers
  • Welch’s
  • Ocean Spray
  • Whole Foods
  • Blue Diamond Growers
  • FTD

If you would like to celebrate Co-op Month on social media or your website, you can download images at the site below. 

Use the hashtag #CoopMonth and #CoopsCommit.