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date: 05 March 2021

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The Chief Executive of the Plunkett Foundation, which supports some of the world’s smallest community-based co-operatives in rural areas, looks at what the larger co-operatives and mutuals can learn from them. He explores five different approaches that a co-operative can take (trust-based approach, corporate-governance-based approach, competence-based approach, values-based approach, and open co-operatives approach) and considers the implications of each. The chapter explores how these ideas have evolved since the earliest days of co-operatives and mutuals and how they might continue to evolve in the future. Written in December 2014, it argues that co-operative education has a vital role to play in ensuring robust governance structures in co-operatives and mutuals.

Keywords: co-operative, mutual, Plunkett, governance, open co-operatives

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