At its ordinary meeting in spring, the Assembly of Delegates of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives dealt with its statutory business. In addition to approval of the annual financial statements and annual report, it decided on appropriation of the profit for the year and ratified the actions of the Executive Board and the Board of Directors. In addition, the Assembly of Delegates appointed Ursula Nold as Chair of the FMC Board of Directors from 1 July 2019. Irmgard Flörchinger, Vice President, took over as President of the Assembly of Delegates on an interim basis.
At the autumn meeting, the Assembly of Delegates addressed the important topic of sustainability within the Migros Community.
Composition & electoral procedure
In accordance with the statutes, the Assembly of Delegates comprises a total of 111 members. A hundred delegates are elected by the regional Cooperatives on the basis of a prescribed quota. Each Cooperative is allocated at least five seats, and the remaining seats are distributed based on the number of members in the two calendar years preceding the election. In addition, each Cooperative designates an ad-hoc representative from its Board of Directors for each assembly meeting. The committee is led by an external, independent chair.
The number of delegate votes for each Cooperative is distributed as follows (elected delegates per Cooperative):
|Regional cooperative||Elected delegates|
|Migros Cooperative Aare (MCAA)||17|
|Migros Cooperative Eastern Switzerland (MCOS)||14|
|Migros Cooperative Zurich (MCZ)||12|
|Migros Cooperative Basel (MCBS)||9|
|Migros Cooperative Lucerne (MCLU)||9|
|Migros Cooperative Vaud (MCVD)||9|
|Migros Cooperative Neuchâtel-Fribourg (MCNE-FR)||8|
|Migros Cooperative Geneva (MCGE)||8|
|Migros Cooperative Ticino (MCTI)||7|
|Migros Cooperative Valais (MCVS)||7|
Working methods & powers
The Assembly of Delegates has an Office (Office of the Assembly of Delegates) and also operates the permanent working groups Migros Aid Fund and Annual Report of the Board of Directors, whose duties and organisation are regulated in the organisational rules of the Assembly of Delegates and in mandates. There is also a facility for setting up ad-hoc working groups for temporary assignments.
The principal powers of the Assembly of Delegates include defining and amending the statutes, electing and dismissing members of the Board of Directors, passing resolutions on defining and amending Migros' basic business policy, taking the decision to dissolve the FMC, approving the Annual Report and financial statements of the FMC, deciding on the appropriation of the profit for the year, ratifying the actions of the Board of Directors and the Executive Board, and selecting and appointing the Board of Control.
Members of the Assembly of Delegates
The 100 delegates were elected by the bodies of the regional Cooperatives for the term of office 2016-2020. With the ten representatives of the regional boards of directors of the Cooperatives and the President – currently the Vice President, who took over as President ad interim in 2019 – they make up the 111-strong Assembly of Delegates.
Office of the Assembly of Delegates
The Office of the Assembly of Delegates met seven times in 2019. It prepares the agenda of the Assembly of Delegates and acts as a central interface between the Board of Directors and the Assembly of Delegates.
Migros Aid Fund working group
The Migros Aid Fund working group held four meetings in the reporting year to advise on applications and allocate funding contributions.
Annual Report of the Board of Directors working group
The Annual Report of the Board of Directors working group held two meetings to discuss the Annual Report of the Board of Directors and financial statements 2018, and delivered an opinion to the Assembly of Delegates.