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South Bend, IN 46617


Ends Policy

Policy Governance

Purple Porch Co-op’s Board of Directors conducts its business using the Policy Governance model, as do the boards of many cooperatives throughout the country.

In this model, the board drafts policies to direct the cooperative.

Ends Policy - The board defines which human needs are to be met, for whom, and at what cost. Written with a long-term perspective, these mission-related policies embody the board's long-range vision. Virtually every initiative that management pursues in the course of a year is guided by an element of these policies.

Here is Purple Porch Co-op’s current Ends policy language:

Adopted August 22, 2017

Purple Porch Co-op will have a financially sustainable member-owned cooperative food business that focuses on selling locally grown or produced goods and provides fair compensation for its workers.  We will maintain relationships with local farmers and producers who adhere to sustainable and transparent practices.  We will have a reputation in the community as the premier provider of locally-sourced food and as leaders in food education, food justice, and environmental stewardship.

Executive Limitations Policy - The board establishes the boundaries of acceptability within which staff methods and activities can be left to staff.

Board Staff Linkage Policy - The board determines its philosophy, its accountability, and specifics of its own job. The effective design of its own board processes ensures that the board will fulfill its three primary responsibilities: maintaining links to the membership, establishing the  written policies, and assuring executive performance.