Coop Values

The Park Slope Food Coop has a long and proud history of putting our values into practice through participating in a variety of consumer boycott campaigns, some local and some international, some regarding specific companies and others addressing entire countries.

Since our founding, the Coop has been a leader in using our buying power as an advocacy tool. Some notable examples include:

  • 1973: Began participating in the boycott against South Africa to end Apartheid more than a decade before the cause gained popularity in the U.S.
  • 1980s and ’90s: Joined the boycott in support of the United Farm Workers.
  • 2000s to present: The membership regularly votes overwhelmingly to continue boycotting products by Coca-Cola and all its subsidiaries, such as Odwalla.
  • Late 2000s: Bans on bottled water and plastic shopping bags are years ahead of mainstream acceptance.
  • 2010: Becomes the first grocery store in Park Slope to boycott Brooklyn-based Flaum Appetizing for union-busting and workers’ rights violations.

Our mission statement makes plain our commitment to participating in boycotts and product bans to advance our values:

  • “We seek to avoid products that depend on the exploitation of others.”
  • “We strive to be a responsible and ethical…neighbor.”
  • “We respect the environment.”
  • “We oppose discrimination in any form.”

Our Membership Manual affirms the commitment to social justice and self-determination inherent to the cooperative movement:

Cooperatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, cooperative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. (PSFC Membership Manual, p. 8 )

The personal and economic benefits we enjoy as Coop members are the fruits of these values.