Boards of retail food cooperatives need to put the co-op first when it comes to evaluating the performance of board members. A board cannot be successful if individual board members are working in ways that are disruptive of the board’s process. This field guide offers resources to boards looking for guidance in establishing and enforcing consistent communication practices that will increase board effectiveness and efficiency.
“It’s distressing to me when people tolerate conduct in a group context that they would not otherwise allow. Co-op boards need to protect their co-ops by making their code of conduct policy a meaningful and active part of their board life.”