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Here lies the career of Euan Sutherland, CEO of Co-operative group April 2013 to March 2014. Here lies the career of Euan Sutherland, CEO of Co-operative group April 2013 to March 2014. Chrisinplymouth

Euan Sutherland’s attempt to seize the soul of the Co-op has ended in revolt

The shocking and rapid resignation of Euan Sutherland, the chief executive of the Co-operative Group, shines a light on the clash of cultures being played out at the top of this organisation. Sutherland…
More people in fewer cars, especially in the countryside. More people in fewer cars, especially in the countryside. Owen Humphreys/PA

Cars cost more in the country: here’s some ways around it

As a parallel to fuel poverty, where the cost of heating and lighting accounts for 10% of a household’s income, the RAC Foundation has suggested a similar idea of transport poverty. And while Britain’s…
Moving from cooperative to corporation could lure foreign investment for grain marketing group CBH, funding its aggressive expansion plans. Moving from cooperative to corporation could lure foreign investment for grain marketing group CBH, funding its aggressive expansion plans. AAP/Dan Peled

Lost in the maize? The future for Aussie grain cooperatives is bleak

Long a favoured model for Australian farmers operating in a risky and precarious industry, cooperatives seem increasingly anachronistic as greater numbers move toward demutualisation. This is a mistake…
Troubled bank is co-operating with the authorities. Troubled bank is co-operating with the authorities. Rui Vieira/PA

What went wrong for the Co-op Bank?

Collapsing business deals, massive financial losses, and a “junk” rating have made recent months a nightmare for the Co-op Bank. In March it announced losses of £634m for the 2012 financial year, largely…
The Basque cooperative Mondragon has remained resilient, despite Spain’s deepening economic slump. The Basque cooperative Mondragon has remained resilient, despite Spain’s deepening economic slump. Flickr\Fagor Automation

The Mondragon model: how a Basque cooperative defied Spain’s economic crisis

Back in the early 1980s, the former Secretary of State for Education in Harold Wilson’s Labour government, Shirley Williams, alerted me to a remarkable instance of regional economic development through…
Fonterra is one of the world’s largest cooperative organisations. But will its changed capital structure still allow it to be a cooperative at heart? Fonterra is one of the world’s largest cooperative organisations. But will its changed capital structure still allow it to be a cooperative at heart? Onno B

Fonterra’s new frontier: will it still be a cooperative under its new share-trade scheme?

Yesterday, 10,500 New Zealand farmers voted to allow Fonterra, one of the world’s leading dairy cooperatives, to be exposed to outside investors for the first time. 66.45% of Fonterra members voted for…
Cooperatives are among the largest and oldest businesses in Australia. But the structure is often misunderstood. Cooperatives are among the largest and oldest businesses in Australia. But the structure is often misunderstood. Flickr

The misunderstood world of the co-operative enterprise

2012 is the United Nation’s International Year of the Co-operative. This is a once in 25 year opportunity to acknowledge these important but often misunderstood businesses. What is a co-operative or mutual…