Since 1972, the federation has been based in Berlin. Berlin. It came out from the union of the two co-operative central associations at that time of Deutscher Raiffeisenverband and the Deutscher Genossenschaftsverband e.V. and is responsible for promoting co-operative ideals.
The DGRV represents the common interests of the cooperative organization in economics, right and tax political affairs in relation to the public, the media and the policy.
Together with European and international organizations, for instance the CCACE (Coordinating Committee of European Associations) in Brussels, the ICA (International Co-operative Alliance) in Geneva or the European combination of the loan banks EACB (European Association of Co-operative Banks) in Brussels, the DGRV represents the interests of the German cooperatives on European level and world-wide.
Besides the DGRV is member of the Internationalen Raiffeisen Union IRU, which is a platform for exchange of experience between the international cooperative organizations. In addition the DGRV advises its members in questions of the marketing and management, accounting and the co-operative examinations system.
Furthermore the DGRV polices all examinations of the regional and federal centers, special institutes and federations for entrance of the co-operative group.
In addition the DGRV promotes the emergence of cooperatives at home and abroad. Particularly in countries of the third world, in addition, in central and Eastern Europe, thereby the economic development is advanced.
DGRV promotes the establishment of new cooperatives in Germany.
With the DGRV all cooperative sections are organized up to the housing cooperatives. The credit cooperatives, the rural and the commercial cooperatives as well as the consumer cooperatives are members.
The DGRV is structured thus:
- der Bundesverband der Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e.V.
- der Deutsche Raiffeisenverband e.V.
- der Zentralverband gewerblicher Verbundgruppen e.V.
- der Zentralverband deutscher Konsumgenossenschaften e.V.
The DGRV organises central enterprises of their regional federations - managing 5,500 enterprises and 16.6 million cooperative members, although the primary cooperatives are not a directly members of the DGRV.
Approximately 400,000 people work and 35,000 people train within the German co-operative movement.
- Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e.V.
- Neue Genossenschaften in der Wirtschaft
- Bundesverband der Deutschen Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken e.V.
- Deutscher Raiffeisenverband e.V.
- Zentralverband Gewerblicher Verbundgruppen e.V.
- Zentralverband deutscher Konsumgenossenschaften e.V.