Worldwide, cooperatives create 100 million jobs. The cooperative idea: We join forces to facilitate self-determined action. Help to self-help to individually and collectively to make a difference. Cooperatives serve more the interests of their 17 million German members and identify this region, although they are locally structured. Always long term benefit the respective regions in which the members live. Cooperative members are not at the mercy of profit-oriented private interests by such as stock gamblers. The members are also partners and even jointly decide their future. Sure, a small village shop which will be reopened, because for example the for-profit EDEKA AG & co.
has abandoned him KG, is a cooperative of EC (eingetragene Genossenschaft). Then owns the villagers in the legal form of a cooperative. The villagers can be active then also volunteers here. Farmers can their regional products in the village shop (www.unsere-dorflaeden.de) offer. The Edeka group is the largest system in the German retail trade since 2005 through the acquisition of spar and trade company. Partners of the Edeka group are cooperatives, in which independent retailers have joined forces. Regional companies are responsible for the wholesale business and supply the independent traders such as the branch offices that belong to the Group about the regional companies or the Edeka headquarters AG & co.
KG or cooperate with her. 302 000 employees (2010). Turnover: 43.5 billion (2010). In 2011, more than 50 cooperatives were newly founded in Baden-Wurttemberg. In previous years, there were 34 or 42. A young Genosenschaft supplied with software such as the global automation industry. Others sell travel on the Internet or offer graphic design as a leading agency. Again others generate solar electricity or provide local heating networks. Citizens invest their capital and thus understand their energy transition on their own initiative. Many doctors concluded become cooperative performance networks together. People and businesses joined together, because they can reach to their common objectives more easily without having to give up their own independence.