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Multi-Stakeholder Cooperative

Multi-stakeholder co-operatives are co-ops that formally allow for governance by representatives of two or more “stakeholder” groups within the same organisation, including consumers, producers, workers, volunteers or general community supporters.

This can help align the interests of otherwise competing stakeholders – producers and consumers, for example. They are appropriate when there is a need to plan long-term for the needs of various stakeholders and the normal market relationship is leading to inefficient short-term investment horizons.

Having only gained traction in the 1990s, multi-stakeholder co-ops are one of the newest models of co-operative.

Examples

Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Redfern

Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative Redfern

The Aboriginal Medical Service Cooperative in Redfern provides culturally appropriate health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in central NSW. The Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern was the first Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service in Australia and a founding member of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Year established: 1971

Type: Multi-Stakeholder Co-operatives

Industry: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Tranby

Tranby

Tranby is Australia’s oldest not-for-profit independent Indigenous education provider. Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training (‘Tranby’) is located in Glebe, Sydney. The organisation has been a pioneer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult education, training and social action for decades.

Year established: 1957

Type: Multi-Stakeholder Co-operatives

Industry: Community and Human Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS) is an Aboriginal community controlled organisation operating Statewide in Victoria, providing community justice services and legal practice services to all in Victorian Aboriginal community.

Year established: 1973

Type: Multi-Stakeholder Co-operatives

Industry: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

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