BHESCo is bound by thier Rules to act for the benefit of the communities in which they operate. There is a one-member-one-vote rule irrespective of size of shareholding, and as a member you can get further involved through member meetings, joining working groups and standing for election to the Board.
Surplus profits are used to fund further community projects. The Rules prevent the sale of assets to commercial organisations should BHESCo be wound up.
Their constitution is in the form of rules which are registered and approved by the Financial Conduct Authority.
BHESCo creates local benefits from local projects, retaining money in local economies. Their focus is on bringing ownership, control, and benefit into local hands. This is a fundamentally different way of doing business on energy, as seen in the highly successful and well established model of community-owned energy businesses elsewhere in Europe.
The full rules of the Society are available here.