The cooperative as the third way
Milcobel opts for the cooperative model as the third way, as an alternative to private enterprise or government models. Our cooperative is committed 100% to collaboration and connection. This increases the strength, identity and uniqueness of our dairy farmers. We respect and valorize the diversity and the family nature of all of our dairy farmers in our cooperative. Our organisation combines their strengths and ensures added value that benefits all our members. In a cooperative, we all take care of each other, whilst respecting people, animals and the environment. We also build bridges to consumers and their needs and to stakeholders and their interests. Consultation and dialogue are our trademarks.
Our relationship with our 2,600 dairy farmers and their families is fourfold.
- Transactional: The supply and purchase of milk. We aim for sustainable sales of our milk in Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. We guarantee the purchase from our farmers at a market-rate price for our dairy farmer members. We build long-term relationships.
- Shareholdership: our dairy farm members do not simply supply milk; they are also shareholders of the cooperative. The added value and profits we create, flow back to the dairy farmer members.
- Joint management of the cooperative, based on strong solidarity, participation and dialogue with our dairy farmers. This leads to democratic decision-making.
- Common objective: To valorise our milk in a sustainable way, whilst respecting every individual and each other.
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