The NC is satisfied with the diversity among the applications and the number of applications. Johan Buis from the NC: "Together, the group that has applied as a candidate are a good reflection of the cooperative. We see candidates from almost all major product groups. The fact is that no members have applied from the North-East of the Netherlands and relatively fewer pot plants growers have applied. There is also a reasonably good diversity regarding male / female, young / old, large / small growers."
From September 17 to October 5, the first round of interviews will take place with the candidates. Neil Hellings from the NC: "Quality is our priority in the selection of candidates. A good candidate is someone who can fulfil his or her role in the Members' Council with understanding of the cooperative. He or she recognizes that the cooperative must change and modernize in an increasingly competitive environment. Candidates must have a strong commitment and he or she must be capable to discuss issues with the management and the Supervisory Board from the interest of the cooperative as a whole and not from their own individual interests."
Johan adds: "The point is also that the group of candidates as a whole has sufficient competences. Potential and the possibility of further development are also taken into account."
In addition to quality, the NC continuously monitors the diversity of the group throughout the process, so that the Members' Council will be a good reflection of the total member base.