Policy Example: Decision Making

Cooperative decision-making

Decisions are made on a consensus basis. Within the framework of the Cooperative Association Act, which gives members the right to vote, directors work to consensus at meetings of the board of directors, and general meetings work to consensus except where the Act requires a vote with a specific majority. At any time, however, a member may require a vote, at which point a vote is taken at any meeting. The group values its consensus decision making, and members are trained in the process and value of consensus decision-making.