Employee Cooperative

In November of 2009 some of the longer term employees of the project formed an employee cooperative corporation to take over the ownership of the bamboo business. The new organization was called Whispering Winds Bamboo Cooperative Corporation and is doing business as Whispering Winds Bamboo.

Employee owned cooperative corporations allow for democratic management and equal voting rights and are available to all employees of the business who meet some basic requirements after being an employee for several years. See Equal Exchange Coop for more information.

We are grateful for the work of our attorney Stephen Magowan and the documentation of the twenty-five year old employee cooperative, South Mountain Co-op of Massachusetts, for the guidance they provided us on our journey.

In January of 2010 we bought the business assets of the old Whispering Winds Bamboo and began leasing the land. Our day to day affairs are mostly the same except we now have an even deeper commitment to making this all work.