The ABCs of Co-op Impact

Brief

The ABCs of Co-op Impact

Abstract

Cooperatives are member-owned, democratically-controlled business enterprises. The nature of cooperatives is inherently both locally-based and participatory. Because of this, cooperatives are well positioned to contribute directly to community vitality and stability. Yet, it is challenging to find a compelling, discreet group of metrics that apply across cooperatives given their range of activities and contexts. This brief presents a seven-component measurement framework across the spectrum of cooperative industries. We propose that cooperatives measure their work in the areas of: access; business sustainability; community commitment; democratic governance and empowerment; equity, diversity, and inclusion; financial security and advancement for workers; and growth.

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