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Allocating Surplus in a Co-operative Business

Surplus is a term commonly used by co-operatives to describe a business’s profit. Many co-ops create…

Annual Meetings and Co-operatives

An annual general meeting (AGM) allows a co-operative’s members to come together, discuss their co-op, make…

Board Decision-Making Exercise

The board of directors is central to the operations of a co-operative business. The board is…

Board Member Recruitment

Recruiting board members is essential for co-ops. It is important to make sure that you not…

Board of Directors Evaluation

The board of directors is central in a co-operative business. The directors need to be able…

Creating a Conflict of Interest Policy

Every co-op should have a conflict of interest policy as part of its bylaws or policy…

Creating a Human Resources Policy

A human resources policy is a guiding document that a co-operative will use to manage its…

Creating a Strategic Plan

This tool is intended to guide co-op boards or members through the process of creating a…

Creating a Terms of Reference

A Terms of Reference is a document that provides clarity for a decision-making body and the…

Filing your Annual Return

One of the most important requirements for co-operatives is filing an annual return. An annual return…

Guidelines for co-operative elections

A co-op’s board of directors is elected each year at its annual general meeting (AGM). Here’s…

Member Onboarding and Engagement

Members are the foundation for any co-operative and new membership is vital to the ongoing well-being…

Ongoing Capitalization

Raising financial capital is an important step when developing a co-operative business, and it remains a…

Online Governance Course

Learn how to successfully govern a co-operative Take our FREE online governance course. For a co-op…

Sample Financial Policy

Sample Financial Policy Sample Co-operative Limited Date Approved Purpose This financial policy shall serve as a…

Sample Manager Job Description

This sample job description is not the property of any business, rather includes information commonly found…

Sample Resolution

Decision-making in co-operative businesses is regulated by provincial and federal governments. Certain decisions a co-operative and…

Sample Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for the Co-operative’s Board Approved Date Introduction The Co-operative is governed by the…

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