There is a need to grow the cooperatives sector in the UK to bring further benefits to communities.

Cooperatives are an alternative way of driving local economies, with a focus on social value.

In this report, we seek to broaden the lens of value to better measure the holistic impact of cooperatives. In the context of public sector contracts that increasingly prioritise social value generation, cooperatives should not be left behind or overlooked.

This report develops a framework to better evidence that holistic impact, with five key measures for cooperatives’ impact. We then set out how cooperatives should evidence their impact against these themes.