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Purposeful, Sustainable Business
2021 | BCCM
This report examines the nature of company boards’ understanding and familiarity with the concept of social responsibility and the importance of their corporate footprint being open to scrutiny.
This report focusses on the potential contribution of co-operatives and mutuals to innovation and reforms in aged care and disability services, informed by Australian experiences and a BCCM study tour of UK mutuals.
Community Investment for Australian Co-operatives – A Handbook
Updated 2021 | BCCM
The Community Investment Handbook is for communities who want to work together to build an enterprise that serves their needs and aspirations. Communities can be local geographical areas or groups of people driven by a common purpose or interest.
Produced annually in conjunction with the University of Western Australia, the NME Report maps the size, reach and contribution of the co-operative and mutual sector.
Leading the Resilience Report
2020 | BCCM
This report describes how the natural resilience of co-operative and mutual businesses has helped them to react positively to the coronavirus pandemic challenge, by keeping true to the purpose of serving their members.
This report highlights thriving agricultural co-operative businesses, focusing on how co-operatives are good for farmers, fishers and foresters; regional Australia; and Australia.
This report presents CoopConnect, an initiative to transform the CME sector by creating an innovative environment that will leverage CMEs’ distinctive capabilities.
Women had equal voting power in co-operatives decades before the success of the women’s suffrage movement. This report looks at the current position of gender inclusion.
A February 2018 follow up to The Australia Institute’s 2012 examination of the co-operative sector.
Produced in conjunction with the University of Newcastle in 2017, this report measures the ‘total value added’ contribution the sector makes to GDP. Watch research presentation
In 2016 the BCCM received funding from the EU Centre for Global Affairs, Annual Grant Program, University of Adelaide, to research and report on innovative, best practice examples of public-private partnerships for economic development and regional co-operation involving the co-operative and mutual sector in Europe.
Australian co-operatives and mutuals create broader value not captured in financial reports, such as building resilient communities, thriving local economies and the delivery of public services.
The inclusion of co-operatives by Australian governments in business development support
2015 | Linda Seaborn, BCCM
This report primarily investigates the inclusion or otherwise, of information about co-operatives on government websites relating to business development, and the inclusion of co-operatives in the criteria for funding programs for business development.
White Paper: Public Service Mutuals
2014 | Net Balance Research Institute, BCCM
What is the best way of delivering public services in Australia? A dichotomy is often presented between government ownership and privatisation, but there is a third way: employee-run public service mutuals.
A Comprehensive National Education and Training Strategy for the Co-operatives and Mutuals Sector
2014 | BCCM, University of Sydney
In 2012, The Australia Institute measured the size and scope of the co-operative and mutual sector in Australia.
Created in 2012 to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives, this coffee-table book features 50 case studies from around Australia. You can purchase a hard copy of the book at The Co-op’s online store.
The BCCM works closely with universities and researchers to increase research into the Australian co-operative and mutual sector.
Led by Professor Tim Mazzarol, a multi-disciplinary unit covering business, economic and social aspects of co-operatives and mutuals, with a global research network. CERU has produced:
The Co-operatives Research Group provides a forum for research into and teaching about all forms of mutual organisations, including; consumer, social, worker, finance, producer co-operatives and other membership based democratic organisations. CRG has produced: Co-operatives in Australia: Growth, decline and revival – Visual Atlas. Throughout the year, the the Co-operatives Research Group hosts seminars and events.
BCCM has partnered with the Monash Business School’s Department of Accounting to create an industry value framework for co-operatives and mutuals termed a Mutual Value Measurement (MVM). The project totals $1.1 million, including a $0.6m contribution from industry.
‘People before profit’ – How mutuals are teaching banks a lesson – an episode of Thought Capital, Mutuals and co-ops are having their moment. With Professor Matthew Hall and Dr Paul Thambar.
Centre for Business and Social Innovation – University of Technology Sydney
Building and sustaining an innovative environment is an integral part of building successful Cooperative and Mutual Enterprises (CMEs) in Australia. This report presents CoopConnect, an initiative to transform the CME sector by creating an innovative environment that will leverage CMEs’ distinctive capabilities. CoopConnect also proposes a branding exercise, whereby CMEs will broadcast their distinctive position as community oriented, sustainable and socially responsible enterprises.
BCCM partnered with independent think tank, Per Capita again in 2017 to undertake research into disability inclusion in Australian CMEs.
BCCMs previous collaboration with Per Capita was the gender inclusion research Eliza’s Project.
Towards a Co-operative State: Securing the Social and Economic Prosperity of South Australia through corporate diversity
Dr Guy Turnbull is a leading UK social care expert, involved in the co-operative and social enterprise sector since 1988.
Dr Guy Turnbull has set out to explore how corporate diversity can empower people with disability as citizens, so they are able to exercise real choice and control in a diversified marketplace of providers.