Equity

Expanding the Boundaries of Retailing in Local Communities

Contemporary food co-ops have begun important discussions in their organizations around equity and inclusion. As part of that process, they’ve had to accept and deal with some painful truths that their co-ops have not always been perceived as inclusive, especially through the shopping experience. Food co-op customers in particular are [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Featured, Solutions|Tags: , , |

Nurturing Inclusion and Diversity on Staff

Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op Silver Spring, MD Year founded: 1981 Number of members: 10,000 Member investment: $100 Number of employees: 48 Retail square feet: 4,600 The Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op (TPSS) in Takoma Park, Maryland is a cooperative that is known for its diversity and inclusion among staff [...]

By |November 7th, 2018|Categories: Articles, Case Studies, Featured, Solutions|Tags: , , |

Ensuring Internal and External Pay Equity

Many co-ops using policy governance have an Ends policy requiring staff compensation that is both internally and externally equitable. However without diligent attention, pay scales and what individual staff end up making can get out of whack over time. Below are a few tips to keep you in compliance. Compensation [...]

Starting the Conversation: What Does It Take to Achieve Organizational Racial Equity

If you were to ask, most people would say that they are against racism and intolerance. Yet our society has imposed many powerful economic and social barriers to those from disenfranchised racial and economic backgrounds. Most people live in separate spheres and have limited interactions with different races and classes. [...]

By |December 7th, 2017|Categories: Articles, Featured, Solutions|Tags: , |

Leading Co-op Operations with an Equity Lens

Durham Co-op Market Durham, NC Year founded: 2015 Number of members: 4,000 Member investment: $100 Number of employees: 50 Retail square feet: 8,000 The startup vision for Durham Co-op Market in Durham, NC was to be a very inclusive organization, one that would be an integral part of the community [...]

Why Equity is Part of the Co-op Difference

Seward Co-op's GM, Sean Doyle, has a passion for finances, and he's here to share his passion with you! Sean discusses some unique lending avenues available to many co-ops and why equity may just be the key to the cooperative difference.

Case Study: Building a New Equity Strategy

    Lexington Cooperative Market Buffalo, N.Y. Year founded: 1971 Equity requirement: $80 Number of members: 10,000 Number of employees: 90 Retail square footage: 4,500 About a decade ago, when the Lexington Cooperative Market was looking to expand, it realized that membership was low for a co-op that was almost [...]

By |March 9th, 2014|Categories: Solutions|Tags: , |

Time to Recycle Cooperative Wealth

By Adam Schwartz One of the more popular definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result. And so it goes with our economy. The all-too-familiar boom-and-bust cycle continues. The wealth gap, with more resources being concentrated in the hands of fewer people, [...]

By |March 30th, 2013|Categories: Articles, Cooperative Grocer|Tags: , , |

Waking the Sleeping Giant: Recognize patronage dividends for what they are, co-op capital

By Marilyn Scholl, Joel Dahlgren, Bruce Mayer 148 May - June - 2010 Creating solutions begins with building the foundation for the future you want. One of the remarkable things about cooperation is that mutualism encourages solution-oriented growth, built on a vision of the common good. How profitability and capitalization [...]