WE ARE A NON-PROFIT COOPERATIVE
Azimut 360 was created as a cooperative that is leaded by a democratic process of decision-making controlled by its members, to satisfy the cooperative principles and to create stable and high quality employment that benefits the service offered to customers.
Azimut 360’s aim is not to generate economic benefits, but contribute to the creation of an alternative to the current energy and social model through the implementation of projects in the field of renewable energies.
Currently, we are part of the Federation of Employment Cooperatives of Catalonia and the Network of Social Economy.
WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE?
The distinguishing feature of a cooperative is that management of the company is done by its members and not by an outsider, who is far away from the interests of the workers and their everyday concerns. The partners actively participate and make the strategic decisions of the company.
A cooperative is also characterized by identification with the environment to which it belongs, thus activating the capacity to innovate and answer to new needs.
Cooperatives are based on the values of support among the members, responsibility, democracy, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of its founding ideologists, cooperative members believe in the values of honesty, transparency, accountability and social vocation.
THE COOPERATIVE PRINCIPLES
1. Membership voluntary and open
Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to everyone able to use their services and willing to accept its responsibilities, without any discrimination.
2. Democratic Management
Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. Those chosen to represent and manage cooperatives are under their partners.
3. Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to the capital of the cooperative, and they manage it in a democratic way. Part of this capital is owned by the cooperative. The surplus is allocated to the development of the company, its members, the community and the environment of the cooperative.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Cooperatives are self-help organizations, autonomous and controlled by its members. If agreements are established with other organizations (including governments) or capital is raised from external sources, it is done in terms that will maintain the democratic control of the cooperative.
5. Education, training and information
Cooperatives provide training for its members, elected officials and employees, in such a way that everyone can contribute effectively to the development of their cooperative. They also inform the public about the nature and benefits of cooperation.
6. Cooperation among cooperatives
Cooperatives can reach their full potential and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national and international structures.
7. Attention to the community
Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.