How does the Austrian Raiffeisen Association support young co-operators? An Interview with Deputy Secretary General Justus Reichl
Dear Mr. Reichl,
You have been Deputy General Secretary at the Austrian Raiffeisen Association (ÖRV) for 2 years and are responsible for the business areas of consulting and communication.
Can you briefly describe the tasks of the ÖRV for the Austrian cooperative sector?
Cooperatives worldwide, like other forms of enterprises, are struggling with the social and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, cooperatives in Europe, for example, but also in other continents, have shown themselves to be surprisingly resilient to the effects of the pandemic. What do you think are the main reasons for this?
Surveys show how modern the cooperative idea is regarded, especially among the younger generation.
IRU: For some time now, you are strongly committed to “young co-operators” and new forms of cooperatives such as school cooperatives. Do you consider this as a future task for the ÖRV?
IRU: Let’s get specific. How does the ÖRV provide concrete support here? What are your key findings so far? And what do you recommend to IRU members in other countries?
IRU: You are focusing on the topic of youth and young co-operators in your latest project “Raiffeisen Next”. What exactly is this about?
IRU: Is that also the reason why you are currently supporting two school cooperatives?
IRU: What motivates schools and students to set up a school cooperative?
IRU: Last but not least: The ÖRV is an active member of the IRU. What does membership mean to you and what added value do you see in being a member of the IRU?
Would you like to know more about the Austrian Raiffeisen Association (ÖRV)?