Policy Strategies to Build a More Inclusive Economy with Cooperatives - CLEO Skip to main content


This report describes the role cooperatives can play in building healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities, and explains how to advance that work through federal, state, and local policy. The policy objectives presented are intended not to simply grow the field of cooperatives, but to enhance the work of cooperatives that address economic and racial disparities in the United States.  The report identifies four policy goals and six specific policy objectives that policymakers can use to strengthen cooperatives and improve how they serve their communities.