The Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting for Co-operatives (CEARC) at the Sobey School of business is undertaking some important research on the social and environmental impact of co-operatives. This is more from their site:
The Centre of Excellence in Accounting and Reporting is embarking on an exciting project in 2016 and we are inviting practictioners, institutions, organizations, federations from the co-operative community to take part.
Our overall goal is to measure the social and evnironmental impact of co-operatives. Secondary goals include:
- identify social and environmental indicators that the co-op sector will report on for their co-operatives
- develop an online, user-friendly social and environmental impact tool
- see wide take up of this tool
- put in place a sustainability plan to ensure that social and environmental impact assessment can continue beyond the life of the funding.
Details are available here.