# Our vision, mission and values
# Aims and objectives of Agile Collective
- To produce high-quality websites and other web related products.
- To develop with Drupal and to contribute time and work back to the Drupal community.
- To employ, explain and promote the ethos of open source wherever appropriate.
- To use and explain best practices in web development, including agile methodology.
- To maintain our co-operative structure and work with other cooperatives.
- To work with clients who are socially engaged and ethically responsible.
- To ensure a friendly and happy working environment for our members and to support them in developing their skills and using the most appropriate technology.
- To promote environmentally friendly behaviour.
- To establish a well-regarded name as innovative web developers and good collaborators.
- To encourage economic growth in our sector and our own expansion as a company.
# Mission and vision
To provide high quality, creative digital services to socially positive organisations using open source, agile and cooperative principles.
An environmentally secure and equitable society in which people own their work, technology is open source and business is conducted transparently and fairly.
# Core values
# 01. Progressive
We believe that we need to think and act beyond the status quo in order to create the positive change we want to see in the world, even when it’s hard. Values come before profit, long-term vision comes before short-term gains. This is what we work for every day. It brings us together and inspires every decision we make.
# 02. Cooperative
Everything we do is a team effort, from the way we manage our business to the work we do with our clients and collaborators.
# 03. Open
We are open and transparent. Everything we make and do – from our meeting notes to our code – is visible, available and shareable with each other, our clients and our communities.
# 04. Community focused
We recognise that we exist as a result of the relationships and connections people have with us. We passionately engage with and contribute to our communities, actively generating value and creating ‘common wealth’.
# 05. Sustainable
People and the planet come before profit. We want to help create a forward moving society in ways that protect people and the environment for future generations.
# About worker co-operatives
A co-operative (or co-op) is a group of people who organise together as equals for mutual benefit. A workers’ co-op is a business owned and managed collectively by its workers. It is organised democratically and fairly by (and only by) its members.
Workers’ co-ops differ from consumer co-ops, in that they are set up to benefit workers, not consumers. They’re also different from employee-owned businesses (like John Lewis) since these aren’t necessarily democratic and don’t follow the co-operative principles and values.
All co-ops follow the seven internationally agreed principles of co-operation. These are:
- Co-op membership is open and voluntary.
- Co-ops are controlled only by their members, who each have equal control.
- All members have a fair stake in the co-op. Investment does not give control and only gives a small return.
- Co-ops are autonomous and independent self-help organisations.
- Co-ops educate and train their members so they can contribute to the co-op. We also inform the public about the benefits of co-operation.
- Co-operation among co-ops benefits members and the wider co-op movement.
- Co-ops act with concern for the community.
Co-ops are also guided by the cooperative values of self-help, self responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity, along with the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and care for others.
As you can see from the Co-operative Principles and Values, co-ops are by their very nature more than just about making money. In fact many within the co-op movement would emphasise that the economics are purely a means to an end, and that those ends are socially useful and educational.
# Overview of cooperative governance
This deals with the Cooperative Principles mentioned above as they apply to the overall direction, supervision and accountability of Agile Collective.
- All salaried employees of Agile Collective (except those on Probation, or are otherwise ineligible) will be offered membership of the co-operative, pending agreement by the Members. We hope that each eligible worker will wish to be a Member and at all times the majority of salaried employees of Agile Collective must be co-operative Members.
- Membership training will be offered to all employees.
- Members should attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM).
- Co-operative principles are enshrined in Agile Collective Articles of Association (opens new window).
- The Coordinating Committee is elected from the membership and takes care of the day-to-day running and core function of the company. It answers to the members and acts on their behalf for the good of the company.
- Members Meetings take place every 3 months; Members are normally expected to attend. The minutes of these meetings are available to all Members.
- Members or employees may express an opinion on the running of Agile Collective at any time by speaking to the Coordinating Committee or asking to present an issue at a Members’ Meeting.
- Agile Collective will allocate a percentage of its surpluses to collectively owned financial reserves and capital.
- The pay structure and benefits will be agreed by all members at a Members Meeting.
- We will have good financial controls and management, including cash flow forecasts and internal audits of all parts of the business. A quarterly financial review will be conducted.
- We will actively manage and assign responsibilities for our operations, personnel, marketing and other business functions.
- We will invest in equipment, premises and technology sufficient for all employees to carry out their work and longer term development. This will normally be assessed at the Members’ Meetings.
# Wider cooperation
- Members should discuss and promote the nature of cooperative governance, where appropriate, to the public and local community.
- Agile Collective is a member of Co-operatives UK.
- The fact that an organisation is a co-operative will mean that we are more likely to take it on as a client or use as a supplier.
- We should be active in the co-operative community, by being represented at co-operative trade fairs and by building links with other co-operatives on both an institutional and personal basis.
# Our work and the community
- We try to reduce our impact on the environment.
- We promote the use of open source technologies.
- We encourage Fairtrade and other sustainable initiatives.
- We are guided by our ethical policy (opens new window), established in the early days of the company.