Our Co-op

Co-op Principles

What is a co-operative? The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) defines co-operatives based on adherence to seven principles, which we have distilled down to the following:

  • Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
  • All members control the co-op democratically and actively participate in making decisions, with any elected representatives held directly accountable to the membership.
  • All members contribute to and control any economic capital.
  • Co-ops are independent organizations, existing without control from other organizations, corporations, or governments.
  • Co-ops offer training and education for all members, representatives, managers, and employees of the Co-op.
  • Co-ops work together with other Co-ops.
  • Co-ops work with their communities through policies approved by their members.
Co-op Beer

A co-op is an autonomous association of people who voluntarily cooperate for their mutual social, economic, and cultural benefit. In our case that mutual benefit is beer. High Five Co-op Brewery is a democratically run, member-owned and operated cooperative. We are working together to form the first co-op brewery in West Michigan. Our mission is to start a brewery that is produces amazing beer while operating on the cooperative principles of democracy, equal ownership, non-discrimination, environmental consciousness, education, living wages for workers, and concern for our community.

The co-op is owned equally by member-owners. The member-owners elect the board of directors, vote on important decisions, form committees, and work with the board to guide the co-op to success.