Purpose + Policies
The Board of Directors is composed of and elected by Co-op owners. The seven Board members act as trustees for the Co-op and its owners and provides direction and oversight regarding the Co-op’s financial well-being and long-term goals. The Board also supervises the General Manager.
Governance of the Co-op is shaped by our identity as a cooperative and the values that define cooperatives. As noted by the International Co-operative Alliance, "Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others."
A cooperative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise. The Moscow Food Co-op supports the International Co-operative Alliance’s 7 Cooperative Principles.
Policies + Bylaws
To help us put our values into practice and achieve our goals, the Board represents our owners' interests largely by creating policies for the store and monitoring for compliance. The policies shape things such as our our sustainability goals, product selection, wage range ratio, and customer service standards. The Board does not use policy to determine which brands of milk we sell, but a Board policy about sustainability could shape what our buyers put on the shelves.
The Board’s monitors for compliance with policy. Many policies place their expectations upon the General Manager, and so it’s through the GM’s accountability to the Board that we ensure we are on track or are prompted to adjust.
Underlying the policies are our bylaws, which define the basic rights and responsibilities for owners and Board members. They define our democratic structure and provide general rules for governance of the Co-op. Co-op Bylaws can be read here.