Cooperatives around the world operate according to a core set of principles that originated in 1844 from the first modern cooperative, the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England. These principles, along with the co-op purpose of improving quality of life for their members, make electric co-ops different from other electric utilities.

NRECA offers two convenient communications tools to help you promote the co-op difference at work and in your community. Print these resources on your own by downloading these high-resolution print graphics, then use these as a powerful reminder of the words we live by.

Seven Cooperative Principles Poster

Contact: Mary-Kate Thomas,, 571-623-9545.