“Cooperative Idea” becomes Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

On 30 November 2016, the International Committee for the Conservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO decided in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia that the cooperative idea now belongs to the Intangible World Cultural Heritage. It was the first application from Germany to be included in the “Representative list”. The German UNESCO representatives […]


IRU meetings in Lucerne: Franky Depickere re-elected as President

From 13-14 September 2016, the XIIIth IRU General Meeting took place in Lucerne. After six years, the new members of the Board of Directors and the Presidium were elected. Franky Depickere was re-elected as President of IRU. An important issue was the amendments of the statutes. The bodies of IRU […]


The Road Towards One Cooperative Rabobank – Hans Groeneveld

After establishing the first cooperative bank in the Netherlands 120 years ago, Rabobank has taken a historic decision to change the governance structure. From 1 January 2016, all 106 local member banks and the cooperative central institution Rabobank Nederland will form one cooperative, with one banking license, and one financial […]