United States corporate law
United States corporate law regulates the governance and power of corporations in US law. Every state and territory has its own basic corporate code, while federal law creates minimum standards for trade in company shares and governance rights, found in the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by laws like the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd–Frank Act of 2010; the US Constitution was interpreted by the US Supreme Court to allow corporations to incorporate in the state of their choice, regardless of where their headquarters are. Over the 20th century, most major corporations incorporated under the Delaware General Corporation Law, which offered lower corporate taxes, fewer shareholder rights against directors, developed a specialized court and legal profession. Nevada has done the same. Twenty-four states follow the Model Business Corporation Act, while New York and California are important due to their size. At the Declaration of Independence, corporations had been unlawful without explicit authorization in a Royal Charter or an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Since the world's first stock market crash corporations were perceived as dangerous. This was because, as the economist Adam Smith wrote in The Wealth of Nations, directors managed "other people's money" and this conflict of interest meant directors were prone to "negligence and profusion". Corporations were only thought to be legitimate in specific industries that could not be managed efficiently through partnerships. After the US Constitution was ratified in 1788, corporations were still distrusted, were tied into debate about interstate exercise of sovereign power; the First Bank of the United States was chartered in 1791 by the US Congress to raise money for the government and create a common currency. It had private investors, but faced opposition from southern politicians who feared federal power overtaking state power. So, the First Bank's charter was written to expire in 20 years. State governments could and did incorporate corporations through special legislation. In 1811, New York became the first state to have a simple public registration procedure to start corporations for manufacturing business.
It allowed investors to have limited liability, so that if the enterprise went bankrupt investors would lose their investment, but not any extra debts, run up to creditors. An early US Supreme Court case, Trustees of Dartmouth College v Woodward, went so far as to say that once a corporation was established a state legislature could not amend it. States reacted by reserving the right to regulate future dealings by corporations. Speaking, corporations were treated as "legal persons" with separate legal personality from its shareholders, directors or employees. Corporations were the subject of legal rights and duties: they could make contracts, hold property or commission torts, but there was no necessary requirement to treat a corporation as favorably as a real person. Over the late 19th century and more states allowed free incorporation of businesses with a simple registration procedure. Many corporations would be small and democratically organized, with one-person, one-vote, no matter what amount the investor had, directors would be up for election.
However, the dominant trend led towards immense corporate groups where the standard rule was one-share, one-vote. At the end of the 19th century, "trust" systems were used to concentrate control into the hands of a few people, or a single person. In response, the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 was created to break up big business conglomerates, the Clayton Act of 1914 gave the government power to halt mergers and acquisitions that could damage the public interest. By the end of the First World War, it was perceived that ordinary people had little voice compared to the "financial oligarchy" of bankers and industrial magnates. In particular, employees lacked voice compared to shareholders, but plans for a post-war "industrial democracy" did not become widespread. Through the 1920s, power concentrated in fewer hands as corporations issued shares with multiple voting rights, while other shares were sold with no votes at all; this practice was halted in 1926 by public pressure and the New York Stock Exchange refusing to list non-voting shares.
It was possible to sell voteless shares in the economic boom of the 1920s, because more and more ordinary people were looking to the stock market to save the new money they were earning, but the law did not guarantee good information or fair terms. New shareholders had no power to bargain against large corporate issuers, but still needed a place to save. Before the Wall Street Crash of 1929, people were being sold shares in corporations with fake businesses, as accounts and business reports were not made available to the investing public; the Wall Street Crash saw the total collapse of stock market values, as shareholders realized that corporations had become overpriced. They sold shares en masse, meaning meant; the result was that thousands of businesses were forced to close, they laid off workers. Because workers had less money to spend, businesses received less income, leading to more closures and lay-offs; this downward spiral began the Great Depression. Berle and Means argued that under-regulation was the primary cause in their foundational book in 1932, The Modern Corporation and Private Property.
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Delaware statutory trust
A Delaware statutory trust is a recognized trust, set up for the purpose of business, but not in the U. S. state of Delaware. It may be referred to as an Unincorporated Business Trust or UBO. Delaware statutory trusts are formed as private governing agreements under which either property is held, administered, invested and/or operated. DST Investments are offered as replacement property for accredited investors seeking to defer their capital gains taxes through the use of a 1031 tax deferred exchange and as straight cash investments for those wishing to diversify their real estate holdings; the DST property ownership structure allows the smaller investor to own a fractional interest in large, institutional quality and professionally managed commercial property along with other investors, not as limited partners, but as individual owners within a Trust. Each owner receives their percentage share of the cash flow income, tax benefits, appreciation, if any, of the entire property. DSTs provide the investor the potential for annual appreciation and depreciation, most have minimum investments as low as $100,000, allowing some investors the benefit of diversification into several properties.
The DST ownership option offers the same benefits and risks that an investor would receive as a single large-scale investment property owner, but without the management responsibility. Each DST property asset is managed by professional investment real estate asset managers and property managers, it used to be that only large institutional investors such as life insurance companies, pension funds, real estate investment trusts, college endowments and foundations were able to invest in these properties. Now as a viable 1031 exchange replacement property option through a DST, individual investors have the ability to invest in a diversified selection of institutional quality, investment property types that they otherwise could not purchase individually. DST Investments are located throughout the United States. Property types may include multifamily apartment communities, office buildings, industrial properties, multi-tenant retail, student housing, assisted living, self-storage facilities, medical office, single tenant retail properties and others.
The concept for business trusts those that involve the holding of property, dates back to 16th century English Common Law. In Delaware, it was not until 1947. No legal recognition of statutory trusts existed until the passage of the Delaware Statutory Trust Act, 12 Del. C. 3801 et. Seq. in 1988. Under The Act, developed on the premise of trust law, statutory trusts were now recognized as their own legal entity, separate from their trustee, offering freedom from the corporate law template. Within the tradition of trust law, freedom of contract allows the trustee to structure their entity in a way, most beneficial to the relationship of all parties and their expertise, while offering liability protection similar to that of a Limited liability company or Partnership. Since the year 2000, Delaware statutory trusts have been used as a form of tax deferral, asset protection, balance sheet advantages in real estate, mezzanine financing, real estate investment trusts, mutual funds. Massachusetts, another state that has trust law, refers to its legal entity as a Massachusetts business trust.
Most states, still rely on Common Law to oversee the trusts within their jurisdiction. The formation of a Delaware statutory trust is simple and inexpensive, when compared to that of the more complex filings of other entity types. To form a statutory trust, a private trust agreement must be developed by all involved parties to ensure that individual interests are protected; the private trust agreement need not be shown to any official of the State. Once the agreement is completed, a Certificate of Trust can be obtained from the Delaware Division of Corporations and completed; the signatures of the trustee involved are required, followed by submission of the forms to the Division of Corporations, along with a one-time $200 processing fee. If the statutory trust is, or will become, a registered investment company, it must maintain a registered agent and a registered office within the State of Delaware. If no desire for the statutory trust to be an investment company exists, the only remaining requirement is that it must have at least one trustee who resides in, or has a principal place of business within the State of Delaware.
On August 16, 2004, Internal Revenue Bulletin 2004-33 was published in reference to Rev. Rul. 2004-86. This involved a Delaware Statutory Trust that came before the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department, who offered a ruling on the following two issues: "ow is a Delaware statutory trust, described in Del. Code Ann. Title 12, §§ 3801 - 3824, classified for federal tax purposes?""The Delaware statutory trust described above is an investment trust, under § 301.7701-4, that will be classified as a trust for federal tax purposes." "ay a taxpayer exchange real property for an interest in a Delaware statutory trust without recognition of gain or loss under § 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code?""A taxpayer may exchange real property for an interest in the Delaware statutory trust described above without recognition of gain or loss under § 1031, if the other requirements of § 1031 are satisfied."These holdings of the federal government offered a clearer notion that Delaware statutory trusts are
A societas Europaea is a public company registered in accordance with the corporate law of the European Union, introduced in 2004 with the Council Regulation on the Statute for a European Company. Such a company may more transfer to or merge with companies in other member states; as of April 2018, more than 3,000 registrations have been reported, including the following nine components of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index of leading Euro Area companies: Airbus, Allianz, BASF, E. ON, Fresenius, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, SAP, Schneider Electric and Unibail-Rodamco. National law continues to supplement the basic rules in the Regulation on formation and mergers; the European Company Regulation is complemented by an Employee Involvement Directive that sets rules for participation by employees on the company's board of directors. There is a statute allowing European Cooperative Societies; the Statute provides four ways of forming a European limited company: By merger of national companies from different member states By the creation of a joint venture between companies in different member states By the creation of an SE subsidiary of a national company By the conversion of a national company into an SEFormation by merger is available only to public limited companies from different member states.
Formation of an SE holding company is available to public and private limited companies with their registered offices in different member states or having subsidiaries or branches in member states other than that of their registered office. Formation of a joint subsidiary is available under the same circumstances to any legal entities governed by public or private law; the SE must have a minimum subscribed capital of €120,000 as per article 4 of the directive, subject to the provision that where a member state requires a larger capital for companies exercising certain types of activities, the same requirement will apply to an SE with its registered office in that member state. The registered office of the SE designated in the statutes must be the place where it has its central administration, to say its true centre of operations; the SE may transfer its registered office within the European Economic Area without dissolving the company in one member state in order to form a new one in another member state.
The order of precedence of the laws applicable to the SE is clarified. The registration and completion of the liquidation of an SE must be disclosed for information purposes in the Official Journal of the European Communities; every SE must be registered in the State where it has its registered office, in a register designated by the law of that State. The Statutes of the SE must provide as governing bodies the general meeting of shareholders and either a management board and a supervisory board or an administrative board. Under the two-tier system the SE is managed by a management board; the member or members of the management board have the power to represent the company in dealings with third parties and in legal proceedings. They are removed by the supervisory board. No person may be a member of both the management board and the supervisory board of the same company at the same time, but the supervisory board may appoint one of its members to exercise the functions of a member of the management board in the event of absence through holidays.
During such a period the function of the person concerned as a member of the supervisory board shall be suspended. Under the single-tier system, the SE is managed by an administrative board; the member or members of the administrative board have the power to represent the company in dealings with third parties and in legal proceedings. Under the single-tier system the administrative board may delegate the power of management to one or more of its members; the following operations require the authorization of the supervisory board or the deliberation of the administrative board: any investment project requiring an amount more than the percentage of subscribed capital the conclusion of supply and performance contracts where the total turnover provided for therein is more than the percentage of turnover for the previous financial year the raising or granting of loans, the issue of debt securities and the assumption of liabilities of a third party or suretyship for a third party where the total money value in each case is more than the percentage of subscribed capital the setting-up, disposal or closing down of undertakings, businesses or parts of businesses where the purchase price or disposal proceeds account for more than the percentage of subscribed capital the percentage referred to above is to be determined by the Statutes of the SE.
It may not be less than 5% nor more than 25%. The SE must draw up annual accounts comprising the balance sheet, the profit and loss account, the notes to the accounts, an annual report giving a fair view of the company's business and of its position. In tax matters, the SE is treated the same as any other multinational, i.e. it is subject to the tax regime of the national legislation applicable to the company and its subsidiaries. SEs are subject to taxes and charges in all member states where their administrative c
Aktiengesellschaft is a German word for a corporation limited by share ownership whose shares may be traded on a stock market. The term is used in Germany and Switzerland, South Tyrol for companies incorporated there, it is used in Luxembourg, although the equivalent French language term Société Anonyme is more common. In the United Kingdom and the United States, the equivalent terms are "limited" and "incorporated", respectively; the German word Aktiengesellschaft is a compound noun made up of two elements: Aktien meaning shares, Gesellschaft meaning company or society. An English translation is thus "share company", or company limited by shares, or joint-stock company. In German the use of the term Aktien for shares is restricted to Aktiengesellschaften. Shares in other types of German companies are called Anteile rather than Aktien. In Germany and Austria, the legal basis of the AG is the German Aktiengesetz or the Austrian Aktiengesetz. Since the German commercial law requires all corporations to specify their legal form in their name, in order to inform the public of the limits on their liability, all German and Austrian stock corporations include Aktiengesellschaft or AG as part of their name as a suffix.
In Switzerland, the Company Limited by Shares is defined in Title Twenty-Six of the Code of Obligations. Article 950 specifies. German AGs have a "two-tiered board" structure, consisting of a supervisory board and a management board; the supervisory board is controlled by shareholders, although employees may have seats, depending on the size of the company. The management board directly runs the company, but its members may be removed by the supervisory board, which determines the management board's compensation; some German AGs have management boards which determine their own remuneration, but that situation is now uncommon. The general meeting is the supreme governing body of a Swiss company limited by shares, it elects the board of the external auditors. The board of directors may appoint and dismiss persons entrusted with managing and representing the company; the equivalent terms in other countries include the following, which mean either "share company/society" or "anonymous company/society".
Denmark – Aktieselskab Estonia – Aktsiaselts Norway – Aksjeselskap Sweden – Aktiebolag Finland – Osakeyhtiö Turkey – Anonim Şirket Argentina, Costa Rica, Peru and other Spanish speaking countries – Sociedad Anónima Portugal – Sociedade Anónima Brazil – Sociedade Anônima Bulgaria – Акционерно дружество, derived directly from the German AG Belgium, Netherlands – Naamloze Vennootschap Belgium, France – Société Anonyme Poland – Spółka akcyjna Italy – Società per Azioni United Kingdom – Public limited company United Kingdom - cymdeithas cyhoeddus cyfyngedig Croatia - dioničko društvo Romania – Societate pe acțiuni or "Societate anonimă" Russia – Публичное акционерное общество Greece - ανώνυμος εταιρεία Hungary – Részvénytársaság Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung Fohlin, Caroline. "Chapter 4: The History of Corporate Ownership and Control in Germany". In Morck, Randall K. A History of Corporate Governance around the World: Family Business Groups to Professional Managers. University of Chicago Press.
Pp. 223–282. ISBN 0-226-53680-7. E McGaughey,'The Codetermination Bargains: The History of German Corporate and Labour Law' 23 Columbia Journal of European Law 135 Franks, Julian. "Ownership and Control of German Corporations". The Review of Financial Studies. Oxford University Press. 14: 943–977. Doi:10.1093/rfs/14.4.943. JSTOR 2696732. German Stock Corporations Act 1965 translation
Limited liability partnership
A limited liability partnership is a partnership in which some or all partners have limited liabilities. It therefore can exhibit elements of corporations. In a LLP, each partner is not liable for another partner's misconduct or negligence; this is an important difference from the traditional partnership under the UK Partnership Act 1890, in which each partner has joint and several liability. In a LLP, some or all partners have a form of limited liability similar to that of the shareholders of a corporation. Unlike corporate shareholders, the partners have the right to manage the business directly. In contrast, corporate shareholders must elect a board of directors under the laws of various state charters; the board organizes itself and hires corporate officers who have as "corporate" individuals the legal responsibility to manage the corporation in the corporation's best interest. A LLP contains a different level of tax liability from that of a corporation. Limited liability partnerships are distinct from limited partnerships in some countries, which may allow all LLP partners to have limited liability, while a limited partnership may require at least one unlimited partner and allow others to assume the role of a passive and limited liability investor.
As a result, in these countries, the LLP is more suited for businesses in which all investors wish to take an active role in management. In some countries, an LLP must have at least one person known as a "general partner", who has unlimited liability for the company. There is considerable difference between LLPs as constituted in the U. S. and those introduced in the UK under the Limited Liability Partnerships Act 2000 and adopted elsewhere. The UK LLP is, despite its name legislated as a corporate body rather than as a partnership. For a fuller country-by-country listing of types of partnerships and companies, see List of business entities. Partnerships are governed on a state-by-state basis in Australia. In Queensland, a limited liability partnership is composed of at least one general partner and one limited partner, it is thus similar to. All provinces—except Yukon, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut—permit LLPs for lawyers and accountants. In British Columbia, the Partnership Amendment Act, 2004 permits LLPs for lawyers and other professionals, as well as businesses.
In China, the LLP is known as a Special general partnership. The organizational form is restricted to knowledge-based professions and technical service industries; the structure shields co-partners from liabilities due to the willful misconduct or gross negligence of one partner or a group of partners. There is no exact equivalent of a Limited Liability Partnership in France. A limited partnership is equivalent to the French law vehicle known as a fr:Société en Commandite. A partnership company can be an equity partnership, known as a fr:Société en Participation, of a general partnership known as a fr:Société en Nom Collectif; the German Partnerschaftsgesellschaft or PartG is an association of non-commercial professionals, working together. Though not a corporate entity, it can sue and be sued, own property and act under the partnership's name; the partners, are jointly and severally liable for all the partnership's debts, except when only some partners' misconduct caused damages to another party — and only if professional liability insurance is mandatory.
Another exception, possible since 2012, is a Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB where all liabilities from professional misconduct are limited by the partnership's capital. The Partnerschaftsgesellschaft is not subject to corporate or business tax, only its partners' respective income is taxed. An LLP is an approximate equivalent to the Greek ΕΠΕ meaning Company of Limited Liability. In an ΕΠΕ the partners own personal shares that can be sold by a partner only when all other partners agree; the business management can be exercised either directly by the board of partners or by a General Manager. In the aspect of liability, an ΕΠΕ is identical to an LLP. In Hungary, LLP is equivalent to the Hungarian "Betéti Társaság" which must have at least two members: at least one must have unlimited liability and at least one must have limited liability. BTs have legal personhood under Hungarian law; the Limited Liability Partnership Act 2008 was published in the official Gazette of India on 9 January 2009 and has been in effect since 31 March 2009.
However, only limited sections of the Act have been ratified. Rules of the Act were published in the official Gazette on 1 April 2009 and amended in 2017; the first LLP was incorporated on 2 April 2009. In India as in many other jurisdictions, an LLP is different from a Limited Partnership. An LLP operates like a limited partnership, but in an LLP, each member is protected from personal liability, except to the extent of their capital contribution in the LLP. In India, for all purposes of taxation, an LLP is treated like any other Partnership firm. Liability is limited to each partners agreed upon contribution to the LLP. No partner is liable on account of the independent or unauthorized actions of other partners, thus allowing individual partners to be shielded from joint liability created by another partner's wrongful business decisions or misconduct. An LLP shall be a body a legal entity separate from its partners, it will have perpetual succession. Indian Partnership Act, 1932 shall not be applicable to LLPs and there
S. A. or Société anonyme designates a type of corporation in countries that employ civil law. Depending on language, it means anonymous company, anonymous partnership, share company, or joint-stock company equivalent to public limited company in common law jurisdictions, it is different from private limited companies. Shareholders could be anonymous and collect dividends by surrendering coupons attached to their share certificates. Dividends were therefore paid to. Share certificates could be transferred and therefore the management of the company would not know who owned its shares. Like bearer bonds, illegal unregistered share ownership and dividend collection enabled money laundering, tax evasion, concealed business transactions in general, so governments passed laws to audit the practice. Nowadays, shareholders of S. A.s are not anonymous, though shares can still be held by holding companies in order to obscure the beneficiary. S. A. can be an abbreviation of: Sociedade Anónima in Galician and European Portuguese Sociedá Anónima in Asturian and Leonese Sociedade Anônima in Brazilian Portuguese Societat Anònima in Catalan Société anonyme in French Società Anonima in Italian Sociedad Anónima or Sociedad por Acciones in Spanish Mexican law takes into account the variability of the corporate stock, resulting in most S.
A. turning into Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable, or Sociedad Anónima Bursátil de Capital Variable for publicly traded companies. Mexico has Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada de Capital Variable, analogous to the limited liability company. Spółka Akcyjna in Polish Societate pe Acțiuni in RomanianIt is equivalent in literal meaning and function to: Naamloze vennootschap in Dutch Ανώνυμη Εταιρεία, Anonymi Etaireia in Greek Perseroan Terbatas Terbuka in Indonesia Berhad in Malaysia Anonim Şirket in Turkish Corporación anónima in VenezuelaIt is equivalent in function to: Shoqëri Aksionare in Albanian شركة مساهة عامة ذات مسؤولية محدودة ش.ذ.م.م, Sharikah musāhamah ʿāmmah dhāt mas'ūliyyah maḥdūdah in Arabic Dioničko društvo in Croatian and Bosnian Акционерно дружество, Aktsionerno druzhestvo in Bulgarian Акционерско друштво, Aktsionersko drushtvo in Macedonian Akciová společnost in Czech Aktieselskab in Danish Société anonyme égyptienne or (شركة مساهمة مصرية (ش.م.م in Egypt Osakeyhtiö in Finnish Aktsiaselts in Estonian Aktiengesellschaft in German Részvénytársaság in Hungarian Hlutafélag in Icelandic Public Limited in India Public limited company in the United Kingdom and several Commonwealth countries Kabushiki Gaisha or 株式会社 in Japan Jusighoesa or 주식회사 in Korea Société anonyme laotienne in Laos Akcinė bendrovė in Lithuanian Akciju Sabiedrība in Latvian Aksjeselskap in Norwegian Акционерное общество, Aktsionernoye obshchestvo in Russian Деоничарско друштво, Deoničarsko društvo, or Акционарско друштво, Akcionarsko društvo in Serbian Akciová spoločnosť in Slovak Delniška družba in Slovene Aktiebolag in Swedish Акціонерне товариство, Aktsionerne tovarystvo in Ukrainian Publicly traded company or Incorporated in the United States, though the former term does not appear in the names of business entities Compañía Anónima in Andorra ក.អ or Société anonyme cambodgienne in Cambodia Président-directeur général Global Witness on Anonymous Companies
A cooperative is "an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise". Cooperatives may include: businesses owned and managed by the people who use their services organizations managed by the people who work there multi-stakeholder or hybrid cooperatives that share ownership between different stakeholder groups. For example, care cooperatives where ownership is shared between both care-givers and receivers. Stakeholders might include non-profits or investors. Second- and third-tier cooperatives whose members are other cooperatives platform cooperatives that use a cooperatively owned and governed website, mobile app or a protocol to facilitate the sale of goods and services. Research published by the Worldwatch Institute found that in 2012 one billion people in 96 countries had become members of at least one cooperative; the turnover of the largest three hundred cooperatives in the world reached $2.2 trillion.
Cooperative businesses are more economically resilient than many other forms of enterprise, with twice the number of co-operatives surviving their first five years compared with other business ownership models. Cooperatives have social goals which they aim to accomplish by investing a proportion of trading profits back into their communities; as an example of this, in 2013, retail co-operatives in the UK invested 6.9% of their pre-tax profits in the communities in which they trade as compared with 2.4% for other rival supermarkets. Since 2002 cooperatives and credit unions could be distinguished on the Internet by use of a.coop domain. Since 2014, following International Cooperative Alliance's introduction of the Cooperative Marque, ICA cooperatives and WOCCU credit unions can be identified by a coop ethical consumerism label. Cooperation dates back as far. Tribes were organized as cooperative structures, allocating jobs and resources among each other, only trading with the external communities.
In alpine environments, trade could only be maintained in organized cooperatives to achieve a useful condition of artificial roads such as Viamala in 1472. Pre-industrial Europe is home to the first cooperatives from an industrial context; the roots of the cooperative movement can extend worldwide. In the English-speaking world, post-feudal forms of cooperation between workers and owners that are expressed today as "profit-sharing" and "surplus sharing" arrangements, existed as far back as 1795; the key ideological influence on the Anglosphere branch of the cooperative movement, was a rejection of the charity principles that underpinned welfare reforms when the British government radically revised its Poor Laws in 1834. As both state and church institutions began to distinguish between the'deserving' and'undeserving' poor, a movement of friendly societies grew throughout the British Empire based on the principle of mutuality, committed to self-help in the welfare of working people. In 1761, the Fenwick Weavers' Society was formed in Fenwick, East Ayrshire, Scotland to sell discounted oatmeal to local workers.
Its services expanded to include assistance with savings and loans and education. In 1810, Welsh social reformer Robert Owen, from Newtown in mid-Wales, his partners purchased New Lanark mill from Owen's father-in-law David Dale and proceeded to introduce better labour standards including discounted retail shops where profits were passed on to his employees. Owen left New Lanark to pursue other forms of cooperative organization and develop coop ideas through writing and lecture. Cooperative communities were set up in Glasgow and Hampshire, although unsuccessful. In 1828, William King set up a newspaper, The Cooperator, to promote Owen's thinking, having set up a cooperative store in Brighton; the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers, founded in 1844, is considered the first successful cooperative enterprise, used as a model for modern coops, following the'Rochdale Principles'. A group of 28 weavers and other artisans in Rochdale, England set up the society to open their own store selling food items they could not otherwise afford.
Within ten years there were over a thousand cooperative societies in the United Kingdom. Other events such as the founding of a friendly society by the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1832 were key occasions in the creation of organized labor and consumer movements. Friendly Societies established forums through which one member, one vote was practiced in organisation decision-making; the principles challenged the idea that a person should be an owner of property before being granted a political voice. Throughout the second half of the nineteenth century there was a surge in the number of cooperative organisations, both in commercial practice and civil society, operating to advance democracy and universal suffrage as a political principle. Friendly Societies and consumer cooperatives became the dominant form of organization amongst working people in Anglosphere industrial societies prior to the rise of trade unions and industrial factories. Weinbren reports that by the end of the 19th century, over 80% of British working age men and 90% of Australian working age men were members of one or more Friendly Society.
From the mid-nineteenth century, mutual organisations embraced these ideas in economic enterprises, firstly amongst tradespeople, in cooperative stores, educational institutes, financial institutions and industrial enterprises. The common thread (enacte