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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.

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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

  • Limited knowledge about the co-operative enterprise form of organisation in the population
  • Separate Act relating to
  • co-operative enterprises

which came into effect

January 1st 2008.


The Co-operative Centre

  • A common tool to promote and

to profile the co-operative idea as form of enterprise.

  • Vision for development of co-operative ideas:

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.

  • The mission of the Samvirkesenteret:

Act as a spearhead for the joint effort to contribute to increased knowledge about the co-operative ideas.


The Co-operative Centre

Objective and central tasks

  • Promote and profile the co-operative ideas as form of operation.
  • Collect documentation in Norway and internationally for building a database of knowledge and facts.
  • Disseminate knowledge about the co-operative's financial, ideal and social objectives through externally directed measures.
  • Have an active attitude to the development of the laws and regulations that have an impact on the co-operatives.
  • Contribute to development of the co-operative ideas in new areas.

The Co-operative Centre

Increase the knowledge about the co-operative as a form of enterprise with

  • economists, lawyers, bookkeepers, accountants, business counsellors and the Government's system of measures for business development,
  • politicians and the public administration,
  • the school system and the educational establishment on all levels,
  • all types of media and press,
  • owners and fellow workers in the co-operative enterprises.

The Co-operative Centre

Influence attitudes with reference to distinctive character, values and ideals in order to

  • increase the number of new businesses in co-operative form
  • gain greater impact in the political establishment to influence the framework conditions
  • obtain greater understanding for co-operative enterprises as

pioneering enterprises for social responsibility


The Co-operative Centre


  • the unique aspects related to the form of enterprise

- 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,

  • the requirement to be equal with other forms of enterprise

- 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 Co-operative Centre


  • Documentation
  • Courses and training activity
  • Influence public decision-making processes
  • Use of and make visible through the media
  • Internet/web based communication

The Co-operative Centre


  • The Synnovate survey
  • Courses and training activity
  • Influence public decision-making processes
  • Use of and make visible through the media
  • Internet/web based communication

The Norwegian

Co-operative Centre

The Norwegian Co-operative Centre is owned

by the following

co-operative organisations:


Coop Norway

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)

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

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.