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Cooperation and governance

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A balanced, committed and continuously improving governance structure
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Over the years, our governance structure has continuously evolved to ensure the long-term viability of our business model and maintain the ties that unite our cooperative partners, the administrators who represent them, and the senior executives responsible for the operational aspects of the business. The Board of Administrators has evaluated the Guide to Good Practice in Cooperative Governance. published by the Haut Conseil de la Coopération Agricole (High Council for Agricultural Cooperation) in spring 2021, taken it on board and set up a working group to facilitate future  progress.
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Providing training and support for elected administrators to help them fulfil their duties and responsibilities will be a priority over the coming months and years. The introduction of a multi-annual training plan tailored specifically to the responsibilities of representatives elected to the various governance bodies is also under consideration. Maintaining relationships between cooperative partners, elected representatives and employees is an important issue: section and regional council meetings and section annual general meetings and plenary sessions all provide important opportunities for explaining strategic choices and presenting future projects, as well as providing a forum for discussion, questions and developing projects together. When VIVESCIA was formed in 2012, we also took care to strengthen specialist committees (audit, remuneration and financial commitment, which will be joined by the CSR committee before the end of 2021), and bring in qualified contributors from outside the business (especially as members of the SICOM (the VIVESCIA Industries general partner)), as well as farmers recently elected to our production subsidiaries' Boards of Directors. 
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Christoph Büren
President
“We are convinced that governance is central to the long-term future of cooperatives, and an integral part of our CSR commitments. Progress is how we combine cooperation with entrepreneurship and long-term performance.”
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Governance bodies
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Under the leadership and supervision of VIVESCIA President Christoph Büren, Olivier Miaux, the Managing Director of VIVESCIA Industries and VIVESCIA Services, and Jean-Luc Jonet, Director of the VIVESCIA Cooperative and its agricultural subsidiaries (VIVESCIA Agriculture) share responsibility for the financial performance of the Group. The governance of the VIVESCIA Cooperative Group is split between two major bodies :
  • The Board of Administrators, composed of 24 farmers who represent VIVESCIA cooperative's member-farmers. The Board sets the Group’s goals and targets and monitors their achievement.
  • The Executive Committee is responsible for the overall results and performance of the Group. Working closely with the Board of Administrators, it implements the strategy required to achieve the goals and targets set by the Board.
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The Board of Administrators
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