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Reasons for Coops and Mutuals to invest in Coop Exchange listed coops

The reaons for investing in coops are compelling from both a cooperative values and principles perspective and a business investment perspective – heare are just a few reasons why coops investing in coops is a worthwhile endeavour:

Principle 6 (Cooperation amongst Coops)

First, investing in other coops to help them grow and get access to the essential capital they need is an example of of Principle 6 – Cooperation amongst Coops – in action. The fact that it balances that cooperative support with a return is not inconsistent with the prcinple itself and by providing a return from investment it helps those investing coops both justify their reasoning to members while protecting their own coop’s longer-term interests. This reciprocity of economic activity helps to grow the cooperative economy for the good of the movement overall.

Principle 7 (Concern for the Community)

Secondly, the impact investing component not only enables cooperatives to meet their SDG and ESG targets but it is also consistent with Principle 7, ‘care for community’. In this respect, cooperatives will, as with other enterprises, come under increasing pressure to demonstrate the actions they are taking to meet their ESG and SDG targets as well as demonstrating how they delivered on their cooperative values. Coop Exchange will enable them to do so in a way which is both tangible and measurable for reporting to member purposes.

Member Interest

Thirdly, it is arguable that by investing in a sustainable marketplace, cooperatives are able to de-risk their investment portfolios while delivering a return to their members. While historically some coops may have suffered from poor investment choices in the past, we believe that Coop Exchange, with its emphasis upon cooperative listings, transparent and robust acceptance criteria and its own adoption of the cooperative values and principles – will help de-risk such investments in the future compared some of the risks taken by coops in the past.

Sustainable Funds

Coop Exchange will not only opens up potential access to a market of existing sustainable businesses with a combined turnover of 2.4 trillion USD + and 12% of the population, but more than that – it will also provide access to a whole new market of new sustainable businesses, ones which have converted from private businesses into quoted cooperatives using Coop Exchange – an estimated brand new global market with £1.627 trillion (note GBP not USD – convert) per annum (check per annum on spreadsheet).

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Please note that the content of this page is for general information and educational purposes only. In so far as it refers to Coop Exchange’s potential services these relate to a future state once the Coop Exchange platform is launched and appropriately regulated. The information is not provided, and should not be construed as the provision of financial advice, the promotion of an investment product, or dealings or arrangements in investments. Investments bring risk and so anyone wishing to invest (whether in coops equities, debt or other securities) should first obtain appropriate advice from an authorised person, please see our Regulatory Notice.