FloraHolland Magazine number 12, page 4-5, 2012
Members want to continue to have a say
During the general members' meeting on December 6 in Naaldwijk, a substantial number of decisions were taken. The attendance was good, 456 members present. They represented about 20 percent of the total number of votes. In addition, 100 members and 90 auction staff watched the webcast.
In the meeting the discussion about the new administrative structure was a focus of attention.
Keeping a grip
The board proposes merging the board and the supervisory board in 2013. This would produce a new supervisory board with six members and three external people. The chairman of the board, Bernard Oosterom, explained the proposal. He said that a board that meets once a month cannot properly conduct the day-to-day management of FloraHolland in practice. That task belongs to the management, if the members' interest in the supervision and governance is ensured. The board's ideas guarantee this in three ways. Members exercise a direct influence on the daily policy in the FPCs, RACs and advisory councils. In the new supervisory board they can take initiatives aimed at the management. Finally, the general members' meeting takes the decisions.
For many members, letting go of the current structure is a principal and crucial step. Various members have expressed reservations about this. They want to keep a grip on the governance of FloraHolland. They do not want the members' influence at the top level of the cooperation to become remote. And they want clarity about who exercises what authority precisely.
A focus group of members has discussed the proposal with the board and supervisory board. Before the proposal is definitively presented for a vote, information meetings will be held on this topic. FloraHolland wants to reach a decision with the broad support of its members, as that is good for a cooperative company.