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CO –OP AMERICA

http://www.coopamerica.org/about/

Our mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.
Founded in 1982, Co-op America is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our democratically-constituted board is elected by our members from our consumer, business, and staff stakeholders. Co-op America operates as a worker member cooperative, where staff members seek to achieve consensus through democratic decision-making processes on key strategic issues for the organization.
We work for a world where all people have enough, where all communities are healthy and safe, and where the bounty of the Earth is preserved for all the generations to come.
What Makes Co-op America Unique
• We focus on economic strategies—economic action to solve social and environmental problems.
• We mobilize people in their economic roles—as consumers, investors, workers, business leaders.
• We empower people to take personal and collective action
• We work on issues of social justice and environmental responsibility. We see these issues as completely linked in the quest for a sustainable world. It’s what we mean when we say “green.”
• We work to stop abusive practices and to create healthy, just and sustainable practices.

Programs
Green Business
Helping socially and environmentally responsible businesses emerge and thrive. Learn more about Co-op America's National Green Pages, our directory of green businesses coast to coast.
Fair Trade
Promoting economic justice for farmers and artisans through fair trade
WoodWise
Providing practical strategies and resources to help you, your family, and your businesses reduce paper waste and wood use – and keep more trees standing.
Sweatshops
Using economic power to end abusive labor practices and promote living wages for workers worldwide.
Living Green
Advice and ideas for healthy, green living from our popular syndicated column by the same name.
Green Energy
Working with industry and civil society organizations to harness market power to lower the price of solar and accelerate the growth and development of solar energy around the world.
Responsible Shopper
Providing information to help you make socially and environmentally responsible purchasing decisions in the corporate marketplace.
Social Investing
Providing tips and strategies to help you bring your investments in line with your social and environmental values
We also manage the Social Investment Forum, the trade association for investment professionals.
Community Investing
Putting savings and investment dollars to work to provide much needed resources for affordable housing, health care, and credit access in underserved communities worldwide.
Find out how you can join the 1% in Community Campaign »
Shareholder Action
Giving you the information and action steps you need to vote your proxies in favor of socially and environmentally responsible corporate practices.
Shop & Unshop
Providing tips and strategies to green your purchasing--and help you stop buying what you don't need--that are practical, easy-to-use and fun!
Boycotts
Providing resources for individuals interested in using boycott action to promote a more just and sustainable economy.