A cooperative is an entity that is owned and controlled by its members, which operates for their benefit. The cooperative landscape includes (among other types)
- producer cooperatives,
- consumer cooperatives,
- multi-stakeholder cooperatives
- housing cooperatives,
- rural electric cooperatives, and
- worker cooperatives
The entire cooperative sector in the United States is represented by the National Cooperative Business Association (http://www.ncba.coop).
The International Cooperative Alliance provides a cooperative definition, list of values, and principles on its website: http://ica.coop.