The Norwegian Co-operative Centre. The Norwegian Co-operative Centre . Established January 1st 2008 1 1/2 man-labour years Turid Jødahl, Manager 50% position May Woldsnes, counsellor 100% position Secretariat located in NBBL Øvre Vollgt. 11 N-0104 Oslo. Background.
Turid Jødahl, Manager 50% position
May Woldsnes, counsellor 100% position
Øvre Vollgt. 11
which came into effect
January 1st 2008.
to profile the co-operative idea as form of enterprise.
The population should be acquainted with, have knowledge about, and understanding of the co-operative ideas as a current and natural form of organisation in order to solve their requirements.
Act as a spearhead for the joint effort to contribute to increased knowledge about the co-operative ideas.
Objective and central tasks
Increase the knowledge about the co-operative as a form of enterprise with
Influence attitudes with reference to distinctive character, values and ideals in order to
pioneering enterprises for social responsibility
- organisation values, common values and the seven principles,
- the goal for the co-operative enterprise's financial activity,
- user and customer orientation as a strategic benefit,
- local foundation, knowledge about the customers and the market,
- requirement to profitability and supporter of openness and competition,
- further development of the co-operative ideas as a model that is profitable for the development of
the remainder of the business community and the public sector,
- equality with other forms of business should emerge from
the framework conditions.
The Norwegian Co-operative Centre is owned
by the following
Coop is the only grocery chain owned by members in Norway. Coop has more than 1.1 million members, organized in 140 co-operative societies, and with a market share of 25 per cent. Coop NKL, founded in 1906, is the central organization of the co-operative societies. Coop is also present in the food processing industry, and co-operates with the other Scandinavian co-operative retail organizations in purchasing and processing, all for the benefit of the members.
NBBL – the Norwegian Federation of Co-operative Housing Associations is the central organization of 86 building associations, representing more than 5 100 housing associations. The total number of membership is about 772 000. The main objectives are to secure good and suitable dwellings for the members, and to work for good and stable conditions for co-operative housing.
The Federation of Norwegian Agricultural Co-operatives(FNAC) represents 13 nationwide co-operative organizations in marketing, purchasing, banking and credit, insurance, breeding and consultancy services. The co-operative organizations in agriculture have more than 50 000 individual memberships and a total annual turnover of NOK 50 billion. The agricultural co-operatives, viewed as one business entity, are the 4th largest business organization in Norway
The Norwegian Fishermen's Sales Organisation (Norges Råfisklag) is one out of six sales organizations in Norway, owned by the fishermen themselves. Norges Råfisklag handles the sales of catches from approximately 4 800 Norwegian and foreign fishing vessels of different sizes. Trade is organized through, and in close cooperation with, 215 registered fish buyers. In 2006 the first-hand sales value was NOK 5.9 billion.
The credit union Landkreditt gives long-term credits to agriculture and private customers against mortgage in real estate. In addition, the wholly owned banking subsidiary Landkreditt Bank AS, offers a broad range of other bank services. Landkreditt is owned by 11 000 farmers and employs more than 50 people. The net loans are more than NOK 7 billion.
Insurance, a mutual insurance company with its roots in the agricultural and rural sectors, offers insurance, banking and financial services to consumers at large. The value of the annual sales of insurance services for the whole Gjensidige Group is almost NOK 10 billion, and the total number of employees is about 3 100 people. The Gjensidige Group is also present in Denmark and in the Baltic countries.
The Royal Norwegian Society for Development is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organization, presently consisting of 41 member organizations and 1 100 individual members. The main focus is to contribute to viable local communities through sustainable business development, in Norway and in countries worldwide. Norges Vel was founded in 1809 and has a long history back to the 1850s when it comes to promoting co-operative development.