TLD Sponsorship Agreement: Attachment 1 (.coop)
Posted: 25 October
The .coop TLD
will be established to serve the needs of the international cooperative
community ("Community"). It will be managed in accordance with
the provisions of this charter ("Charter") and in the interests
of the Community.
1. The Sponsor
will be responsible for establishing registration requirements for the
.coop TLD, provided that registrations shall be granted only to persons
or entities that are defined in item 3 below.
2. For the
purposes of this Charter, a "cooperative" is an organization
meeting the definition and committed to the values and principles set
forth in the Statement on the Co-operative Identity (see http://www.wisc.edu/uwcc/icic/def-his/def/what-is.html)
adopted by the International Co-operative Alliance ("ICA"),
as set forth below and as it may be revised from time to time.
policies may permit registration within the Community by the following:
of the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA);
formed as and/or considered cooperatives under applicable local law;
comprised of cooperatives;
that are committed to the seven cooperative principles;
that are controlled by cooperatives;
whose operations are principally dedicated to serving cooperatives;
no more than 5000 registrants, persons or entities whose use of a
.coop domain name would, in the opinion of the DCLLC Board, advance
the interests of the cooperative sector in general or would assist
in the development of cooperatives worldwide.
4. The Sponsor
may establish stricter requirements for registrants according to the
requirements of policy-development set forth in the TLD Sponsorship
5. The Sponsor
will promptly convey to ICANN any modifications that may be made to
the definition of "cooperative" in the ICA Statement on the
Statement of Co-operative Identity
- A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily
to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations
through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise.
- Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility,
democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their
founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty,
openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
- The co-operative principles are guidelines by which co-operatives put
their values into practice.
1st Principle: Voluntary
and Open Membership - Co-operatives are voluntary organizations,
open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept
the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial,
political, or religious discrimination.
2nd Principle: Democratic
Member Control - Co-operatives are democratic organizations controlled
by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies
and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives
are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members
have equal voting rights (one member, one vote), and co-operatives at
other levels are also organized in a democratic manner.
3rd Principle: Member
Economic Participation - Members contribute equitably to, and democratically
control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital
is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually
receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition
of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following
purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves,
part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion
to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities
approved by the membership.
4th Principle: Autonomy
and Independence - Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organizations
controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other
organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external
sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their
members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5th Principle: Education,
Training and Information - Co-operatives provide education and training
for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees
so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives.
They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion
leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6th Principle: Co-operation
Among Co-operatives - Co-operatives serve their members most effectively
and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through
local, national, regional, and international structures.
7th Principle: Concern
for Community - Co-operatives work for the sustainable development
of their communities through policies approved by their members.
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