All things need their time and, in the heat of the moment, it is difficult to reflect and weigh in their right measure what our actions mean. This June, the members of Suara held an Ordinary General Assembly, the act par excellence of our democratic expression towards the management of the cooperative. The General Assembly is "the tip of the iceberg" of the previous work that we do in our day to day, with successes and failures that force us to rethink constantly.
The expression "the tip of the iceberg" is often used in negative contexts, thinking that it hides something not so good. I would like to turn it around in relation to the Suara General Assembly, which shows us that this tip is the visible part of a work and a solidity that makes up our iceberg.
The success of an assembly should be measured from two different points of view: on the one hand, by its participation, and on the other hand, by the degree of trust placed in the people who at this moment have the enormous responsibility of representing the members.
Regarding participation, the Suara Assembly was attended by 635 members, representing 707 votes (including proxy votes): these figures are clear proof that we are a living company, that we believe in our social project and the cooperative model to carry it forward. I would like to make special mention of the 145 votes delegated to the Assembly, which demonstrate the sense of responsibility of the members towards their duty as members. This assembly has demonstrated this and we should be glad that this is the case.
On the other hand, trust is the keystone of the work we do and, above all, how we do it. We should not let talk of trust fall into a superfluous and frivolous use. Talking about trust, building trust, is the backbone of our work and the recipe to achieve it is not complicated when we really act taking into account what we believe in.
We will continue working to hold assemblies based on participation and trust, which allow us to visualize the work we do. But above all we will continue working so that the part that is not seen (the bottom of the iceberg) is solid in what defines us (our cooperative values) because it is what really gives us credibility in our daily management and shows the will of the people who work for a common project.
Montserrat Pujol. President of the Governing Council of Suara Cooperativa