International Rochdale Principles
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Cooperation among cooperatives
- Concern for community
Eastside Food Co-op’s Board of Directors conducts its business using the Policy Governance® model, as do the boards of many cooperatives throughout the country.
In this model, the board drafts policy in four categories to direct the cooperative.
Ends Policy - The board defines which human needs are to be met, for whom, and at what cost. Written with a long-term perspective, these mission-related policies embody the board's long-range vision. Virtually every initiative that management pursues in the course of a year is guided by an element of these policies.
Here is Eastside Food Co-op’s current Ends policy language:
EFC is at the forefront of a prosperous and fair cooperative economy. We provide access to healthy food, foster positive environmental impacts, cultivate a thriving community in our neighborhood, and educate members for a sustainable future.
Executive Limitations Policy - The board establishes the boundaries of acceptability within which staff methods and activities can be left to staff.
Board Staff Linkage Policy - The board determines its philosophy, its accountability, and specifics of its own job. The effective design of its own board processes ensures that the board will fulfill its three primary responsibilities: maintaining links to the membership, establishing the four categories of written policies, and assuring executive performance.
For further information on the Policy Governance® model, visit www.policygovernance.com, or feel free to contact the Board Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.