What is a Constitution?

The constitution of a Co-operative is the document which contains all the rules for how a Co-operative should be structured and managed. The constitution should include:

  • Official document - Procedures and Regulations in the Constitution
  • Meetings
  • Membership
  • General Matters
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • The Board of Directors
  • Decision making
  • Management
  • Finances
  • Any other rules that agree with the Co-operative principles

Every member has to read the constitution of the Co-operative carefully and understand all the regulations in it.  Alternatively, the Board of Directors must explain all the rules of the constitution to the members and ensure that they understand them.

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