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A business with values

Our cooperative society will be bound by its constitution which will be the main governing document. The constitution will be submitted to the Financial Conduct Authority when we apply to be incorporated. It sets out rules for membership, decision making bodies and policies within the organisation. Once it is approved, any amendments to it can only be made as a result of a democratic decision of all members. FCA acts as as a watchdog for the cooperative sector, and any organisation that violates cooperative and democratic principles may be taken off the register of cooperative societies.

All businesses, and co-ops are no exception, exist to generate a profit. However, it is the commitment to values that makes co-ops different. For them (us), profit mustn't be an end in itself, but a means to improve the communities they serve. Below you can read the part of the final draft of our governining document that deals with our objectives as a business. It informs all the members and other stakeholders why our organisation exists and what it is trying to achieve.


    The Interpreting Collective
    - Objects -

  • to operate a democratically governed Digital Platform that facilitates the sale of language services between interpreters, translators, and other Language Practitioners and public and private sector clients, or non-English speakers directly.
  • to promote and advocate the use of our platform as a viable alternative to profit-driven intermediaries (agencies) and framework agreements, especially within the public sector.
  • to support the vital role language services - interpreting in particular - have within the public sector by engaging with clients to provide better value for money, but without compromising professional standards of conduct for Language Practitioners.
  • to maintain and promote those standards by cooperating only with Language Practitioners who satisfy relevant and objective criteria with regard to qualification, experience, and/or accreditations with professional trade organisations.
  • to improve public access to professional language services by implementing a sustainable fees policy designed to:
    1. maximise engagement on the part of Language Practitioners,
    2. not to be prohibitive for an individual non-English speaker, or a public sector organisation acting on their behalf.
  • to open up opportunities by keeping our Platform open to non-members and taking steps to ensure it includes as many eligible Language Practitioners as possible.
  • to develop and upgrade the platform with systems and components to enable new or more streamlined services for all its Users always giving special consideration to free and open-source software in the design process.
  • to promote services provided by Language Practitioners as superior to solutions based exclusively on machine translation technologies as only human experts can reliably handle the intricacies of language use.
  • support and contribute to the Platform Cooperativism framework and movement.