It is assumed that diversity, equity, and inclusion are included in the 7 International Co-operative Principles and many co-ops use the principles, and their corresponding values, to frame the work of co-operation. Yet, many co-operatives struggle with diversity, equity, and inclusion in daily practice. Co-ops find themselves with hiring practices and internal culture that does not reflect inclusivity, or with a business environment where customers/members do not feel welcome and staff feels marginalized.
Co-operative leaders, in all sectors, are being challenged by the communities they serve to become more inclusive regarding membership, staff, and leadership. These communities are not looking for equality, they are looking for equity. What is the co-operative difference?
By applying an Intercultural Development Model, LaDonna Sanders Redmond will introduce participants to a process that can support the implementation of practical governance and management processes that positively impact diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organizations. Come prepared with your questions on the topic, as well as examples from your own co-op (struggles and/or solutions).
About the speaker: LADONNA REDMOND is the former Diversity and Community Engagement Manager for the Seward Co-op (Minneapolis, USA). LaDonna led the co-ops' diversity and engagement initiatives that contribute positively to organizational culture, marketplace competitiveness, and social responsibility.