Living Our Co-op Values: Applying an Intercultural Development Model to Achieve Diversity Equity & Inclusion - CLEO Skip to main content


Recorded as part of the “Special Topics Webinar Series” hosted by the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University on February 19, 2020.

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).