|Reflections on the Annual Meeting from the Board|
by Emilie Kornheiser
It's been six months since our annual meeting and as we begin planning for the next big event, I want to take a few minutes of your time to share how the reflections from last year have informed the board’s work. Soon after the 2015 Annual Meeting, the board held their 2016 retreat: we developed new committees and goals for the year, keeping in mind yours as well—we've formed a "story" committee to focus on the diversity of our shoppers.
The story committee tells shoppers' stories to the board, and the board’s stories' to the Co-op. We're exploring ways to make the board’s work more accessible to interested shareholders, and for the board to understand the full range of our shoppers’ experiences. We've taken the issue of affordability into the board room as well—trying to understand how decisions we make at the policy level with our ends affect decisions at the operations level with pricing. And finally, we’re focused on strategic partnerships—with community agencies, with our own shareholder forum, with other regional co-ops—to share our good work and make sure that we are educating, feeding, and welcoming as many appetites and pocketbooks as we can. Thank you.