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Who Are We?
The Co-Op was formed in 1944 by a group of likeminded professional hairdressers. It started with a mission that, to this day, hasn’t changed. That is, a Co-Operative that empowers hairdressers and beauty artists through equal ownership.
A MEMBER-OWNED ORGANISATION
You might be thinking, what is a Co-Op?
A Co-Op is an organisation that’s owned and run jointly by its members (you), who share the profits through benefits. Designed to empower, a Co-Op’s primary focus is to strengthen its community. Built on core values of community, democracy, equality, and solidarity, we unite members to help improve one another’s knowledge, skills and competitiveness.
Unlike a commercial business, you, our members, own and control the Co-Op. We invest our nett profits back into the Co-Operative or alternatively return them to you, through our extensive range of member benefits .
THE HAIR BEAUTY CO-OP MANIFESTO
We exist for you, the hairdresser, barber, beautician and the makeup artist.
We exist for you, who spend 100% of your working day standing up.
For those that start early and finish late.
For those of you that also have to be a life coach, social worker, and (sometimes) even a shoulder to cry on.
We are for those of you who are devoted to helping people look and feel their best.
We exist for you who are passionate, creative and artistic.
We aim to help you become the best you can be – by bringing you the most innovative solutions, tools, products and education.
We're here to make you profitable because we’re owned by you.
The profits we make line your pockets, not an owners.
All profits are invested right back into you, our members.
We’re here for you. We are you.
MEMBERS NEVER PAY FULL PRICE
OUR MEMBERS RECEIVE A DISCOUNT ON EVERY SINGE PRODUCT.
THE CO-OP REGULARLY RELEASES A MEMBER MAGAZINE. THE 8 MINUTE BREAK FILLED WITH PRODUCT REVIEWS, NEW PRODUCT AND MEMBER ONLY OFFERS.
WHEN JOINING THE CO-OP YOU RECEIVE A $20 VOUCHER.
THE CO-OP RUNS A EXTENSIVE RANGE OF HAIRDRESSING, BEAUTY AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES.
THERE ARE 5 CONVENIENT LOCATIONS AND A ONINE STORE
WE OFFER A SAME DAY DELIVERY SERVICE FOR LOCAL AREAS
WE PRICE MATCH
VOLUNTARY AND OPEN MEMBERSHIP
CO-OPERATIVES ARE VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS, OPEN TO ANY PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE INDUSTRY, WHO ABLE TO USE THEIR SERVICES AND WILLING TO ACCEPT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP, WITHOUT GENDER, SOCIAL, RACIAL, POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION.
DEMOCRATIC MEMBER CONTROL
CO‑OPERATIVES ARE DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATIONS CONTROLLED BY THEIR MEMBERS, WHO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN SETTING THEIR POLICIES AND MAKING DECISIONS. MEN AND WOMEN SERVING AS ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE MEMBERSHIP. CO‑OPERATIVES MEMBERS HAVE EQUAL VOTING RIGHTS (ONE MEMBER, ONE VOTE) AND ARE ORGANISED IN A DEMOCRATIC MANNER.
MEMBER ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION
MEMBERS CONTRIBUTE EQUITABLY TO, AND DEMOCRATICALLY CONTROL, THE CAPITAL OF THEIR CO‑OPERATIVE. AT LEAST PART OF THAT CAPITAL IS USUALLY THE COMMON PROPERTY OF THE CO‑OPERATIVE. MEMBERS USUALLY RECEIVE LIMITED COMPENSATION AND GENERALLY USE SURPLUSES FOR DEVELOPING THEIR CO‑OPERATIVE, BENEFITING MEMBERS IN PROPORTION TO THEIR TRANSACTIONS WITH THE CO‑OPERATIVE; AND SUPPORTING OTHER ACTIVITIES APPROVED BY THE MEMBERSHIP.
AUTONOMY AND INDEPENDENCE
CO‑OPERATIVES ARE AUTONOMOUS, SELF‑HELP ORGANISATIONS CONTROLLED BY THEIR MEMBERS. IF THEY ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS, INCLUDING GOVERNMENTS, OR RAISE CAPITAL FROM EXTERNAL SOURCES, THEY DO SO ON TERMS THAT ENSURE DEMOCRATIC CONTROL BY THEIR MEMBERS AND MAINTAIN THEIR CO‑OPERATIVE AUTONOMY.
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND INFORMATION
CO‑OPERATIVES PROVIDE EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR THEIR MEMBERS, ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, MANAGERS, AND EMPLOYEES SO THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE EFFECTIVELY TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR CO‑OPERATIVES. THEY INFORM ABOUT THE NATURE AND BENEFITS OF CO‑OPERATION.
CO‑OPERATION AMONG CO‑OPERATIVES
CO‑OPERATIVES SERVE THEIR MEMBERS MOST EFFECTIVELY AND STRENGTHEN THE CO‑OPERATIVE MOVEMENT BY WORKING TOGETHER WITH OTHER CO-OPERATIVES THROUGH LOCAL, NATIONAL, REGIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL STRUCTURES.
CONCERN FOR COMMUNITY
CO‑OPERATIVES ALWAYS WORK FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR COMMUNITIES THROUGH INITATIVES APPROVED BY THEIR MEMBERS.