Values and Principles Board Terms of Reference

Role and operation of the Values and Principles Board

The Values and Principles Board was initiated by the Executive Oversight Committee in 2012 and formally adopted by the membership at the September 2013 AGM.

The Values and Principles Board will have overall responsibility for Values and Principles oversight within the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network.  It is tasked with:

  1. Making any necessary changes to the Values and Principles Statement arising out of changes made by the International Co-operative Alliance for ratification at the Annual General Meeting
  2. Proposing other changes to the Values and Principles Statement or these Terms of Reference as it sees fit to the Annual General Meeting for approval
  3. Scrutinising the activity of the Executive Oversight Committee to ensure that the Values and Principles statements are being upheld
  4. Reviewing all membership applications and making recommendations for membership to the Executive Oversight Committee
  5. Maintaining coherence of the work and approach of Co-operative Councils Innovation Network and its members from the perspective of the Values and Principles Statement
  6. Building and maintaining links between the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network, the wider Cooperative movement and the TUC
  7. Supporting the self-assessment, performance framework and peer review processes through:
  • Encouraging its members to register as Peer Reviewers and participate in peer reviews
  • Reviewing each Peer Review Report
  • Making recommendations to the Executive Oversight Committee on the development of self-assessment, performance framework and peer review processes from the perspective of Values and Principles
  1. Seeking and facilitating active debate about what our values and principles look like in practice using insights gained from the work of the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network and its membership
  2. Raising concerns with the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network Executive Oversight Committee, if and when they arise, about any activities being developed under the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network banner if it is considered that they might bring into question the agreed Values and Principles Statement
  3. Raising concerns with the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network Executive Oversight Committee, if and when they arise, about any activity being undertaken by a member that could be deemed to be in contravention of the agreed Values and Principles Statement and might damage the integrity or reputation the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network

The Values & Principles Board will meet at least twice a year:

  • It will hold a formal meeting during the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network AGM conference
  • Throughout the rest of the year it will convene as and when necessary by either teleconference or physical meeting to undertake its work as agreed by the Chair and Vice-Chairs

The Executive Oversight Committee will ensure that the Values and Principles Board is resourced and supported to carry out its functions.

Membership of the Values and Principles Board

Members of the Values and Principles Board will be appointed by the Executive Oversight Committee on the recommendation of the Values and Principles Board.

The Values and Principles Board will seek membership through application, election, nomination or co-option as they deem appropriate.

The Values and Principles Board will comprise:

  • Independent Chair
    • Recommendation on appointment to be made by the Values and Principles Board
    • Can be from a Full, Affiliate, Associate Member or from outside the Network
    • The Chair will sit as an ex-officio member of the Executive Oversight Committee
  • Representatives from up to 5 member Councils
    • These seats will normally be taken by elected members (an elected member can choose to be supported by one of their Council officers)
    • One of these elected members will be elected as a Vice-Chair of the Values and Principles Board
  • Representatives from up to 5 associate members ensuring a mix of
    • Town/Parish Council
    • Opposition Group
    • Minority administration not able to join as a full member
    • Non UK membership
    • One of these elected members will be elected as a Vice-Chair of the Values and Principles Board
  • Up to 5 representatives from the Co-operative movement:
    • Co-operatives UK (1 Seat)
    • The Co-operative College (1 seat)
    • The Co-operative Party (1 seat)
  • A representative from the TUC

The Values and Principles Board can invite other key stakeholders to participate in their discussions on an ad hoc basis as relevant.

Members