Cooperative Governance

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Cooperative Governance

  1. 1. Alexander B. Raquepo Cooperative Governance Practitioner and Advocate
  2. 2.  - it is the practice of FAIRNESS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY (FAT) in the management and operation of cooperatives;  - it is a set of ethical standards for cooperative officers, staff and other stakeholders  - it is an expression of our cooperative social responsibility.
  3. 3.  A. FAIRNESS  - equality in the treatment of members;  - eliminate biases, favoritism and accommodations;  - equal privileges, benefits and risks; &  - equal rights
  4. 4.  B. ACCOUNTABILITY  - roles, responsibilities and levels of authorities are defined and clear;  - duties and its parameters/boundaries written and defined; and  - benefits and risks are understood by all cooperators
  5. 5. C. TRANSPARENCY  - transactions within the coop are within the parameters of coop rules and regulations;  - no secret deals and “behind close-door” transactions;  - coop must also be audited regularly (internal & external); and  - records are open to members.
  6. 6.  1. KNOW YOURSELF  - Capabilities – experience and educational background;  - Capacities – time, effort and service;  -Co-teammates; and  - Concerns – am I supportive to coop programs/projects
  7. 7.  2. KNOW YOUR ROLES, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES  - don’t go beyond your boundaries; and  - do your job and practice complementation.
  8. 8.  3. EDUCATE YOURSELF  - training, seminar and self-study is a must for BODs, officers and staff;  - use your CETF (local);  - have a regular in- house training; and  - link with other coops.
  9. 9.  4. BE THE EXAMPLE/SET MODELS  - be the model to other coop members;  - follow coop rules and regulations;  - patronize your coop; &  - pay your loan on time.
  10. 10.  5. INITIATE RELEVANT PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS FOR THE COOP
  11. 11.  6. FORMULATE THE COOPS CODE OF ETHICS
  12. 12.  7. Practice FAT in all these steps and undertakings
  13. 13.  8. PRAY
  14. 14. 1. Strategic planning and direction setting for the cooperative; 2. Approve Annual Plans and Budget; 3. Hire or fire the General Manager or CEO; 4. Formulate/promulgate rules, regulations, resolutions and directives to enhance coop operations (legislative work);
  15. 15. 5. Approve and disapprove membership applications; 6. Initiate amendments of Coop by-laws and Articles of Cooperation; 7. Report to the GA every year; and 8. Act as the official representative of the coop.

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