Decades of research finds that strong governance is essential for cooperatives to thrive. It is correlated with performance, essential for addressing members’ needs, and fundamental to the cooperative DNA. Yet cooperatives have lacked the robust data needed to benchmark, reflect on, and improve their governance practices.
In response to this unmet need, the UW Center for Cooperatives launched the Cooperative Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) in 2021 with generous seed funding from the Cooperative Development Foundation. Its purpose is to generate robust, longitudinal data that empowers cooperatives across sectors to reflect upon and improve their governance structures, processes, and culture.
Read the Report on 2021 Findings
Research Brief: Gender Diversity on U.S. Cooperative Boards