At Cooperative Business NZ, we independently represent member-owned and purpose-led businesses, increase awareness of the contributions they make to New Zealand, and ensure they continue to prosper and thrive for generations to come.
Co-operatives and mutuals
Part of the fabric of New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most co-operative economies in the world.
Our co-operative and mutuals make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy and society.
Did you know that the top 30 co-operatives alone contribute 13% of GDP by revenue and employ more than 41,000 New Zealanders? It’s a contribution that needs to be talked about far and wide.
Our services and initiatives allow us to provide a platform for some of New Zealand’s most enduring businesses, alongside newly established member-owned organisations, to have a strong collective voice. In turn, this collective voice brings about positive change, awareness and education on the value of the business model.
what we do
“We aim to increase awareness of the business model through advocacy, education, events, insights, lobbying, educational resources and collaboration opportunities.”
Roz Henry, Cooperative Business NZ CEO
WHO WE ARE AND WHY WE’RE HERE
The important stuff
where we came from
The organisation was first established in 1981 as a Steering Committee to support and represent New Zealand’s agricultural co-operatives.
We have evolved throughout the decades to meet our members’ changing needs. How did we get to where we are today?
Connect with the World
Tap into our networks
We are linked in with the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA). We frequently tap into a large pool of co-operative practitioners, researchers and specialists from the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide.
We are also an Affiliated Member of BusinessNZ and work closely with these groups on shared advocacy and lobbying initiatives.
Not only that, but we work closely with similar organisations around the world including our Australian ‘sister’ organisation The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals.
The Co-operative difference: rochdale principles
Our members are unique, and we want to ensure they leverage their co-operative identity and maximise the value of their points of difference.
Co-operatives are guided by seven internationally agreed principles, the Rochdale Principles, which emphasise democracy and shared equity while providing economic and social returns to members and their communities.
- Voluntary and open membership
- Democratic member control
- Member economic participation
- Autonomy and independence
- Education, training and information
- Cooperation among co-operatives
- Concern for community
Building a better world
Co-operative businesses are committed to bringing economic and social returns for their members and communities.
Here’s how New Zealand’s co-operatives are helping build a better world.