Scotland’s experts on farmer co-ops and food industry collaboration, we provide a range of specialist information, development and consultancy services to help businesses work together more effectively. #workingtogether we grow
We are a development organisation, owned by our members, and provide a range of specialist services that aren't available elsewhere, to assist them in developing their people and their businesses. Get in touch to find out how we can help you.
The success of every co-op business depends on how successfully its directors carry out their roles and responsibilities.
Experience shows that effective governance is the most important factor for any co-op. Our aim is to improve the effectiveness of governance and the overall performance of our members.
A comprehensive governance code, especially for agricultural co-ops, is available for co-op members, directors and managers. SAOS and Co-operatives UK worked jointly to produce the publication.
View the Agricultural Governance Code
We have also produced a booklet giving guidance on governance best practice for directors.
View A Director's Guide to Governance Best Practice