Red River Co-op is a dynamic, Winnipeg-based Co-op with over 280,000 active members and annual sales exceeding $600 million. We have a distinguished 79-year history of serving local communities and have become one of Manitoba’s most trusted and valued brands, not just by sales or market share, but by reputation.
We serve our members daily in our food stores and pharmacies, at our home office, gas bars, car washes and cardlocks, and through our bulk fuel delivery to farms and businesses. We are a proud member of the Co-operative Retailing System, and the second-largest retail Co-op in Western Canada.
"A truly local business who supports and cares for our communities while sharing profits with our members."
Our Mission: "To profitably deliver value to our members and community."
Our Vision: "Strive to be the customers preferred choice"
The Co-op [Structure] is owned by its members, who influence the direction of the co-operative by attending the Annual General meeting and electing the Board of Directors.
It is then the Board Members' responsibility to hire a General Manager as well as to become involved in and appoint committees for various responsibilities within the Co-op. The management then hires the staff to serve you.
Co-operatives are guided by seven internationally recognized principles:
1. 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.
2. 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. Members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote).
3. 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 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Cooperation 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.
7. Concern for Community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.