The Co-op Index enables worker co-ops to:

  •  Evaluate the degree to which the co-op’s purpose, values and principles are embedded in the business, and applied in a practical fashion in daily operations.
  • Help the co-op align its actions, and those of its individual members, with the co-op’s shared values.
  • Diagnose areas for improvement and lay out a course of action.  (The tool may be used repeatedly for continuous improvement)
  • Get a concrete measure of its cooperative identity and co-operative distinctiveness, and as such:
  • Better position the co-op as a business that makes a difference in the community, in terms of social, economic and environmental impacts.