New Leaf Market Co-op conducts its affairs in accordance with the following cooperative principles that were adapted from the International Cooperative Principles by LaCrosse People's Food Co-op.
- Voluntary and Open Ownership
New Leaf Market is a voluntary organization; open to all persons able to use our services and willing to accept the responsibilities of ownership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.
- Democratic Owner Control
The Co-op is a democratic organization controlled by its owners, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. New Leaf Market recognizes that owners have different motivations, needs and expectations. Owners are encouraged to participate at a level and on the issues that they choose. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the ownership. In primary cooperatives owners have equal voting rights (one owner, one vote).
- Owner Economic Participation
Owners contribute equitably to, and democratically control the capital of the Co-op. At least part of that capital is the common property of the cooperative. Owners receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of ownership. Owners, through their Board of Directors, allocate surpluses for any of the following purposes: developing their cooperative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting owners in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative; and supporting other activities of the cooperative.
- Autonomy and Independence
The Co-op is an autonomous, self-help organization controlled by its owners. If the Co-op enters into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raises capital from external sources, it does so on terms that ensure democratic control by the owners and maintains the Co-op's autonomy.
- Education, Training and Information
New Leaf Market provides education and training for its owners, elected representatives, managers and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of the Co-op. New Leaf Market has a responsibility to educate the local community about co-ops and cooperative principles. The Co-op informs the general public about the benefits of natural products.
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
New Leaf Market believes that cooperatives serve their owners most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, regional, national, and international structures. As a part of the greater cooperative community, the Co-op works to strengthen and support other cooperatives.
- Concern for Community
The Co-op seeks to be a model of an environmentally aware, socially just, community based business that uses responsible employment practices. New Leaf Market has an active role to play in the local community in building thriving sustainable relationships between owners, the local community, and the environment. The Co-op's values and beliefs are integrated into all of its interactions.