PCC 2012 Annual Report
A message from the board
Throughout 2012, the United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, your Board of Trustees actively engaged in the conversation about the importance and impact of the cooperative business enterprise. Learning about the work of cooperatives — across the nation and around the world — helps us to evaluate and appreciate the many ways PCC supports our local community.
At our board retreat in February 2012, we learned how the Northwest Cooperative Development Center uses the cooperative business model to further economic growth in communities. In June, several trustees attended the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association conference to share development strategies with other co-ops. October brought the annual National Cooperative Business Association conference to Seattle. PCC trustees and staff made presentations to other co-ops, telling PCC's success story as a local consumer food cooperative and encouraging similar accomplishments in other communities.
To foster member participation and education — cornerstones of our co-op — we replaced our large fall member meeting format last year with the first in a series of smaller, more interactive meetings. Additional member-only events, focused on topics of interest to our members, will be held in the upcoming months.
PCC is a stellar example of how a business can thrive, be committed to social and environmental responsibilities, and provide valuable return to its member-owners. PCC's Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring the continued success of our co-op, learning about issues that affect the grocery industry and greater sustainable food system, and providing value to our members and community.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our co-op.
Chair, PCC Board of Trustees