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ALL COOPS + MUTUALS

RESEARCH + REPORTS

BCCM develops the evidence base necessary for advocating on behalf of our members and the wider sector, and for identifying the issues co-operatives and mutuals face. It was only when BCCM began work with the University of Western Australia in 2014 that the size, reach and contribution of the Australian co-operative and mutual sector was first revealed.

REPORTS

Co-operative Farming: Blueprint for future  proofing Aussie farmers

Co-operative Farming: Blueprint for future proofing Aussie farmers
2020 | BCCM

This report highlights thriving agricultural co-operative businesses, focusing on how co-operatives are good for farmers, fishers and foresters; regional Australia; and Australia.

Discussion Paper Co-operatives and Mutuals as Social Enterprises

Discussion Paper: Co-operatives and Mutuals as Social Enterprises
2020 | BCCM

This paper discusses how co-operatives and mutuals sit alongside contemporary definitions and accreditation processes for social enterprise and the alignment between the objectives of social enterprise policymakers and the purpose of CMEs. 
National Mutual Economy Report 2019

2019 National Mutual Economy Report – Incorporating the Top 100

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.

2019 NME Report
2019 NME Video
Past NME Reports

Eliza’s Project: Gender Inclusion in the CME Sector in Australia report

Eliza’s Project: Gender Inclusion in the CME Sector in Australia

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.

Summary analysis of Essential Research polling for ‘Who knew Australians were still so co-operative?’ white paper

Summary analysis of Essential Research polling for ‘Who knew Australians were still so co-operative?’ white paper

A February 2018 follow up to The Australia Institute’s 2012 examination of the co-operative sector.

The Size of Australia’s Co-operative and Mutual Sect report

The Size of Australia’s Co-operative and Mutual 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

European Study Report March 2017

European Study Report March 2017

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.

Sticky Money: Recognising the total value created by Australian Co-operatives and Mutuals report

Sticky Money: Recognising the total value created by Australian Co-operatives and Mutuals

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 report

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 report

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

A Comprehensive National Education and Training Strategy for the Co-operatives and Mutuals Sector
2014 | BCCM, University of Sydney

BCCM commissioned the University of Sydney to undertake a national audit of education and training needs for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia. 

The Australia Institute logo - read the Who knew Australians were so co-operative report

Who knew Australians were so co-operative? The size and scope of mutually owned co-operatives in Australia

In 2012, The Australia Institute measured the size and scope of the co-operative and mutual sector in Australia.

Building a Better Australia – 50+ Stories of Co-operation book cover

Building a Better Australia – 50+ Stories of Co-operation

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.

Research PROJECTS

The BCCM works closely with universities and researchers to increase research into the Australian co-operative and mutual sector.

Co-operative Research Group – University of Sydney

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.

Monash Business School – Monash University

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.

Measuring the value created by Australia’s co-operatives and mutuals

Putting a value on social impact

Measuring CMEs value videos playlist

‘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.

Browse MVM mini-site

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.

Per Capita

BCCM partnered with independent think tank, Per Capita again in 2017 to undertake research into disability inclusion in Australian CMEs.

Browse the Disability Inclusion Toolkit and report.

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.

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