NCR is the center of the debate about cooperative enterprises in the Netherlands. It’s also the place where inspiration takes place and where cooperatives meet and learn from each other. Strong supporter of the cooperative model, NCR believes in its benefits and operates on behalf of its members through professional development activities and awareness, particularly among stakeholders. Thus, it strengthens the cooperative identity and provides the necessary preparation to seize opportunities and overcome the challenges ahead. NCR is a member of Cogeca, the General Confederation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the European Union, and of Cooperatives Europe; the European region of ICA. NCR is one of the founders of Agriterra which provides expert advice to farmer organisations and cooperatives in developing economies.

Dutch Cooperative Top 100

In December 2017 NCR presented the Top 100 Dutch cooperatives and mutuals ranked by turnover in 2016. The list includes the name of the cooperative or mutual, the economic sector, the number of FTE and the number of members. The 100 cooperatives together had a turnover of € 107 billion, employed 140,000 persons and are owned by 30 million members (includes double counts). Main sectors are agriculture and insurance. Useful insights on Dutch agricultural cooperatives can be found in the country report for The Netherlands in this study for the European Commission: Support for Farmers’ Cooperatives.

NCR Governance Code for Cooperatives

The NCR Governance Code for Cooperatives was drawn up in 2005 and was revised for the first time in 2011. Developments surrounding corporate governance made it necessary for NCR to draw up a new (third) version in 2015. The NCR Governance Code for Cooperatives is not binding. This code will be applied voluntarily by Dutch cooperatives. Basis of this code is Dutch company law. However, we believe that most of the principles and best practice provision in this code are based on basic cooperative assumptions that apply worldwide and that it can be helpful as guidelines towards the governance of cooperatives worldwide. The next revision is expected in 2019.