The Co-operative Sustainability Scorecard (2008) was developed as a tool for co-operatives of any size in any sector to create triple bottom line benchmarks for their organization. The objective was to provide a “do-it-yourself” approach using existing software that is widely available and user friendly (Microsoft Excel). A Creative Commons license was used to share the scorecard freely.
The Scorecard’s sustainability measures include minimum recommended practices and metrics (actual results compared to budgeted benchmarks) in each of the key areas: Economic, Social and Environmental. The process of moving through and discussing the Scorecard is participatory and democratic and needs to involve the membership of the co-operative.