Governance Structure

Carbon Co-op is a Community Benefit Society and our official, registered name is: The Society for the Reduction of Carbon Limited (trading as Carbon Co-op) – the word ‘co-op’ is excluded by the regulator as an acceptable Community Benefit Society name. We are governed by a board of directors elected by the membership at each Annual General Meeting. In addition, the board is able to co-opt up to three additional directors each year. If you’re interested in finding more about becoming a board member please get in touch.

Our governing rules can be found here.

Carbon Co-op operates an innovative governance model known as Policy Governance or Carver Governance. The approach is popular within consumer co-operatives in the United States and is a way to encourage member participation in co-operatives carrying out often complex and highly technical activities.

One of the inspirations behind our adaptation of Policy Governance was this article by David Boyle that highlights its benefits. Our approach to Policy Governance is set out in our Policy Governance Manual: