Concern for social justice, equity, diversity, mutual support, cooperation, inclusion and solidarity, and for the common good.
Social transformation here and now, informed by utopianism.
Focusing on transformation of the whole of society, not just on securing benefits for members of the participating cooperatives.
Applying resources directly to meeting the needs of people in the region, as distinct from enabling prosperity for individuals or co-op members, or stimulating economic growth.
People contribute according to their capacity to do so.
Getting rid of materialism. Aiming at satisfaction with “non-material living standards”.
Sufficiency. “Not seeking accumulation as an end.”
…and above all, getting rid of capitalism. Dafermos (2017) says, “The main objective of the CIC is nothing less than to build an alternative economy in Catalonia capable of satisfying the needs of the local community more effectively than the existing system, thereby creating the conditions for the transition to a post-capitalist mode of organization of social and economic life.” The long term objective is “ … to be an organizational platform for the development of a self-sufficient economy that is autonomous from the State and the capitalist market.”
The CIC is not a central agency running everything; it is an umbrella organisation facilitating, supporting and advising re the activities of many and varied cooperatives. Thus it is not like typical cooperatives wherein members focus on a single mutual interest, and work only for the benefit of members.