What is a Solidarity Co-op?

The Hive Café Co-op is a Solidarity Cooperative, which means that the membership is composed of three distinct membership categories; user-members, worker-members, and support or community-members. Each category is meant to represent the diversity of needs of those most involved by the Hive Café. This way a fair representation is guaranteed, along with strong accountability and transparency. This across the board representation empowers students to be vital actors in the decision-making processes, which is the main reason why the Solidarity Cooperative model was chosen.

The Hive Cafe Co-op’s By-Laws are the internal documents that governs the organization. They outline everything from how to become a member, how elections work, the purpose and roles of the Board of Directors as well as the mission, vision, and values of the co-op. To see the By-Laws please click this here.

The Board of Directors of the Hive Cafe Co-op is the internal body which ensures that the vision, mission and value of the Co-op are being respected, as well as oversees the financial and social sustainability of the Co-op.

The Hive’s Board of Directors is comprised of 11 members in total; 4  user members, 4 worker members and 3 support members. Within the category of user members there are 3 seats reserved for Concordia Students, as well as 2 seats reserved for community members. Within the category of support members there is one seat reserved for the Concordia Student Union (CSU) and one seat reserved for the Concordia Food Coalition (CFC), the other support member seat is currently held by the Concordia Greenhouse.

 

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