Who has the opportunity to own and control their future? In our community, wealth disparities are highly racialized. So we use a race-based lens when we consider the ownership structure of the enterprise, the quality of opportunity for meaningful livelihood and advancement, and the degree of participation workers having in allocating resources and setting direction.
How well will the local economy adapt and thrive in the face of unexpected change? We seek to support businesses that maximize local production and consumption in their place, safeguard nature through ecological stewardship and engage in diverse, cooperative relationships throughout their community, including customers, clients, suppliers, employees, business partners and even competitors.
Are people taking wise risks, being creative and engaging one another in solving complex problems? We assess the well-being of our enterprises by considering the health of their finance and capital structure, the quality of trust and interdependence among leadership and employees, and the organization’s capacity to support innovation and appropriate risk-taking.