Governance

Governance Principles

The BCCM has published edition 1.2 of the Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) Governance Principles, incorporating recommendations, guidance and commentary for effective member-focussed governance. Edition 1.2 adds commentary on new trends and issues for CMEs that have emerged since the publication of edition 1.1.

Edition 1.1 of the CME Governance Principles was published in July 2018 following an 18-month development and consultation process in partnership with the CME 100 Chairs’ Forum, members and governance experts.

The BCCM has developed courses and offers advisory services to help co-ops and mutuals improve their governance. With our education partner Australian Institute of Company Directors the BCCM offers the three-day Foundations of Directorship for CMEs course – the only one of its kind in Australia. Discover more on our education page.

CME 100 Chairs’ Forum

The CME 100 Chairs’ Forum is a biannual meeting bringing the chairs of the Top 100 co-ops and mutuals together to table and discuss issues of interest to the chairs with a specific focus on the importance of governance, governance trends and ideas for improving governance standards.

The Forum has steered the development of the first customised governance principles for CMEs. The BCCM released the Governance Principles for Co-operative and Mutual Enterprises (CMEs) in 2018 to provide guidance and practical advice to help directors incorporate the co-operative values and principles into their decision-making, planning, policies and processes. Compliance with these principles provides a sound basis for good governance in all co-operatives.

The forum meets in April and November each year at a luncheon. A guest speaker addresses the chairs followed by roundtable discussion. The group is open to chairs of any full member of the BCCM. The forum is chaired by the BCCM chair, Terry Agnew.

To join the group, please email the convenor, Melina Morrison.

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Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) Governance Principles Edition 1.2

Recommendations, guidance and commentary for effective member-focussed governance.
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CME Governance Principles - Notes for smaller mutuals and co-operatives

Recommendations, guidance and commentary for effective member-focused governance – notes for smaller mutuals and co-operatives.
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Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) Governance Principles Edition 1.1

Recommendations, guidance and commentary for effective member-focused governance for smaller CMEs and co-ops.