Ends Policies – What are they?
Our Board of Directors governs our business using Policy Governance. These are a set of policies that shape our business. There are several types of policies, but the most important of these policies is called the Ends; or Global Ends or Ends Policy. This policy is essentially the vision for our Co-op, what the Board expects the manager that they have hired and oversee to work towards, and what our Cooperator in Chief uses as a guideline everyday for the work that we do here. This statement is our Co-op’s mission – it’s why we exist, who we exist for, and what the outcomes of our work should be. Everything we do should relate to this statement. If it doesn’t tie out to our Ends Policy – well, we probably shouldn’t be doing it!
Here’s what our Ends say:
This statement was adopted by the Board of Directors in March of 2017. This statement was modified and expanded after the Board created a task force to research Ends Policies from other Co-ops as well as incorporating member feedback on what we want our cooperative to be now and in the future.