|About Us: JWCU Mission & Principles
What an Associated Worker Cooperative Aims for
An associated worker cooperative:
- Places the greatest value on our lives and decent work,
- Achieves "good work" through practice of associated work,
- Develops a worker- and citizen-centered "New Business Model",
- Builds "New Welfare Society" where all persons cooperate and
coexist in harmony.
Guidelines for Associated Work, Management and Movement
We will create and develop good work with involvement of worker-members
We will pursue democratic management of, by and for all members.
- Workers and citizens create jobs.
- We will find meaningful jobs that are needed by people and communities.
- We will make our business plans together.
- We will raise our own funds.
- We will actively respond to ever-changing social needs.
- We continuously pursue good work.
- We value our own work.
- We will show the power of teamwork.
- We will attain necessary expertise, techniques and skills.
- We will decide the objectives, standards and procedures together.
- We will keep work records.
- We will regularly examine the results of our work and make improvement.
- We improve the quality of good work through suggestions and network.
- We will plan works that are needed by people and communities and make suggestions.
- We will develop cooperative enterprises with multiple stakeholders.
We will promote community development businesses and activities.
- Democratic management by all members
- Basically, all the workers contribute to the capital in order to become
- Regardless of the amount of capital subscription, each worker-member will
participate in management based on the "one person, one vote"
- We will set the business plans together, pursue sound management according
to the management index and expand our businesses.
- Desirable officers and leaders
- Basically, officers and leaders are elected among and by members.
- Members will cooperate with the officers and leaders they elected.
- Officers and leaders will take responsibilities for development of democratic
management by all members through the following measures.
- To present the mission and vision of the organization.
- To understand the current situation of the organization and provide information
to the members.
- To propose appropriate policies and promote discussion and practice of
all the members.
- Distribution of the business results
- A certain percentage of the turnover will be reserved for the development
of cooperative (reserved fund).
- If there is any surplus at the end of the fiscal year, it will be distributed,
by the will of members, in the following order.
- Fund for job creation, training and education and mutual-aides.
- Distribution to members in proportion to the amount of their work.
- Distribution to members in proportion to the amount of capital subscription
(not exceeding the limited proportion).
- Reserved funds are not distributed to members but the common property (indivisible
reserve). These funds will be continuously used for development of associated
work by workers and citizens across the generations.
We will advocate the co-operative spirit through people's growth with "independence, cooperation and compassion."
- We will develop businesses and activities which help resolving communities'
- We will create new industries and jobs from the community through "comprehensive
life businesses," which contributes to the "welfare community
- With citizens taking lead in planning, proposing and implementing the business,
we will contribute to the creation of "new public" in cooperation
We will consolidate the associated worker cooperative movement through social solidarity.
- We will cultivate the spirit of cooperation through daily work and activities
as well as learning from each other.
- Someone who cares for people and communities.
- Someone who can accept what colleagues say and present his/her opinions.
- Someone who can accomplish jobs with colleagues with the constructive spirit.
- We will improve our abilities to accomplish "cooperative job creation."
- Abilities to grasp what people and communities need.
- Vocational capacities and expertise.
- Management skills.
- Networking skills and capabilities for movement.
- We will introduce the cooperative ways of living and working to the local
residents and the future generations.
We will expand the network of "not-for-profit and cooperation."
- We will exchange our experiences in business, management, movement and
organization and learn from each other.
- We will strengthen our solidarity, including people and funds, for mutual
development of management in respective communities.
- We will develop our movement through enhanced cooperation with government,
municipalities, private corporations, other co-op sectors and civic organizations.
We will aim for a society with coexistence and cooperation in solidarity with people
around the world.
- We will strengthen our alliance with other co-op sectors in community development
and job creation.
- We will develop "Multi-Stakeholder Cooperatives" which are jointly
created by workers, users and citizens.
- We will broaden our local network and promote collaboration with civic
organizations, other businesses, specialists, universities and research
- In collaboration with workers and labor union movements, we will take action
to promote humane work.
- We will face up to the crises, such as wars and environmental destruction,
and join the global civil movements.
- We will promote the "global solidarity among people" in response
to the "capital globalization" and resulting massive unemployment
and social exclusion of people.
- We will promote cooperatives and "social economy" throughout the world and build the "21st Century with Coexistence and Cooperation."