Members give green light for Members' Council01 June 2018
During the General Members' Meeting (GMM) on 31 May 2018, a majority of 79% of the members of Royal FloraHolland voted to introduce a Members' Council from 1 January 2019. The new structure – in which the GMM will no longer be organised – improves the quality of decision-making within the cooperative. To amend the articles of association, this majority of votes was required.
In Aalsmeer we welcomed almost 200 members. Other members and interested parties could follow the GMM live on the website. Voting could be done remotely this time, and in advance of the meeting.
Jack Goossens, chair of the Supervisory Board, concluded, "The implementation of a Members' Council is a historic moment for the cooperative and its members. The Members' Council offers members the opportunity to influence the policy of Royal FloraHolland and a means to communicate their ideas. In December we shall organise the last GMM, at which the members will elect their Members' Council."
Focus on strengthening the marketplace
Steven van Schilfgaarde, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, presented the more tightly focussed strategy of the cooperative during the GMM. Strengthening the marketplace is a key element of it, both its physical and digital versions. Making Floriday successful takes priority, as does improving the daily service provision and the realisation of Integral Logistic Control. Steven van Schilfgaarde emphasised in the clarification of the annual accounts that Royal FloraHolland is financially healthy, but that choices will have to be made to carry out the strategy.
During the GMM we bid farewell to Caroline Princen, a member of the Supervisory Board. Chair Jack Goossens thanked her for her contribution in the time she acted as supervisory director.
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