Governing Documents

Putney Co-op Ends Statement:

Because of all that we do, Putney will have an inspiring and sustainable community marketplace, benefiting members and stakeholders.

The Board of Directors looks to the above Ends statement as a guiding directive in the work that they do. This work includes developing clearly stated expectations of management through written policies; delegating responsibility for, and authority over, the achievement of stated objectives; and monitoring compliance with written policies.

In addition to the above Ends statement, the Board relies on the below governing documents and statements.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Putney Food Co-op shall be:

(a) Generally, to promote the welfare of its members by utilizing their united funds and efforts for the acquisition and distribution of food and other products, and for the performance of other services.

(b) Specifically, to operate a local market place that emphasizes natural product quality, customer satisfaction, and a healthy working environment, with a focus on natural foods and a respect for the environment.

Values Statement:

We are guided by the needs of our members. We encourage and invite diversity in all aspects of the cooperative. Being community owned, we are dedicated to the support of the economy, diversity, and the well being of the local area.

We strive to advance the cooperative movement both in practice and through member education, and to promote greater awareness of food related health and social issues.

Above all, the Putney Consumer’s Cooperative shall strive to be a member in good standing in the community by supporting local efforts that benefit the common good.

Resource Documents

You can click on the below links to access these resources documents for the Putney Food Co-op.

The Board is excited to be presenting a revised set of draft bylaws for member review in 2015. Board Member Pip Bannister has spearheaded a series of member work sessions to collect input regarding these proposed revisions; he has worked diligently to preserve the spirit and intentions of our original bylaws while streamlining them to be appropriate for a multi-million dollar business. We are very grateful to Pip and the members who have participated in these work sessions for all their efforts – they are a fantastic example of a Co-op in action. The Board expects to present these draft bylaws to members at the 2015 Annual Meeting. If you have questions about any of these resources, please contact us at

Final Bylaws (October 20, 2016)

Putney Co-op’s Policy Register