The Rules of the Webarchitects Co-operative.
Webarchitects is a Social Enterprise, no more than 20% of any profits may be distributed as dividends to members. We are also a co-operative, see our full rules (pdf), which are based on the 7 Co-operative Principles, which include this key aim:
To enable the provision of internet based services for socially responsible groups and individuals, using free open source software wherever possible, in a manner that aims to minimise fossil fuel usage and ecological impacts and which also provides sustainable employment
Webarch Co-operative Limited was established as a Multi-stakeholder Co-operative (Somerset Rules) Registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts 1965-1978 on 7th July 2011, our number and suffix is 31305R, see our entry in the Financial Conduct Authority Mutuals Public Register.
Our co-operative are three categories of membership:
The ability for clients and partners to have a say in the running of the organisation results in good working relationships and strong partnerships and helps to ensure the co-operative stays true to its aims.
We always try our best to make decisions by consensus.
At our AGM in 2014 we agreed the Radical Routes Aims and Principles and agreed to apply for Associate membership of Radical Routes and our membership was approved at the November 2014 gathering of Radical Routes.
Our original rules from 2011 (pdf) were updated to the current version (pdf) at our AGM held on 6th May 2016, the changes include switching to a common ownership structure and a change to the voting weights of the different classes of members, workers now have 50%, clients and partners 25% and investors 25%.