Peer Evaluation

An Alternative to an External Audit

A peer evaluation is an alternative to an external audit. The mutual learning process is of central importance. Peer evaluation is not designed to be a miniature audit.

Peer evaluation is the culmination of a common learning process among at least three companies. A qualified supervisor should moderate the evaluation and the results should be determined democratically. We have already developed detailed specifications about this process which have been tried out by auditors in two test-runs. The following criteria for the appointment as a peer supervisor are as follows:

  1. Certification as a Common Good Economy consultant or auditor (also in training) or in the process of a Common Good Economy auditor or consultant.
  2. Knowledge about the current Common Good Matrix is a pre-requisite.
  3. Completion of a Common Good Report, which was checked by an approved auditor.

Becoming Certified

To establish certification we need:

  1. Evidence of membership in the Common Good Economy Association
  2. The respective Common Good Reports and a finalized Common Good Balance Sheet with the results of the peer evaluation
  3. Confirmation of a mutual learning process
  4. Documentation of the peer evaluation

The peer supervisor sends the documentation about the learning process, the Peer Evaluation as well as the completed Balance Sheet and Reports to: audit@ecogood.org.

The Peer Evaluation takes about 1-2 weeks, depending upon the workload and number of requests.