We’re proudly a Co-operative. This means we’re owned by our farmers (our members) who buy into Fonterra and agree to sell us milk. In return, we collect their milk from their farms and pay them for every drop of milk we collect (measured in kilogram of milk solids) and an annual dividend.
Read our Co-operative's Constitution
Being our owners puts farmers at the centre of our business. Everything we do is about delivering value and returns for them and their whānau. Our governance structure helps us achieve this. Our Co-op is governed by The Board of Directors who are responsible for the leadership and direction of our company.
The Fonterra Shareholders’ Council is an elected national body of farmer shareholders who represent the views of all our farmers. The Fonterra Management Team (often called FMT) is headed up by our CEO Miles Hurrell and is responsible for the day-to-day business operations.
“I’d like to thank the Co-op’s farmer-owners and unitholders for their continued encouragement and support. It’s not something that I’d ever take for granted.”
Fonterra Chief Executive Officer
They trust us with their milk and we work hard to treasure their product. They’re what set us apart from other companies. That’s because they get up at 4.30am every day of the year to milk their cows and provide our Co-op with the best dairy in the world. They work the land, care for their cows and give back to their communities.
We encourage and support our farmers be the best they can be, to put the best environmental management practices at their fingertips and help them improve profitability and resilience on-farm.
The Governance Development Programme was established by the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council and Board of Directors in 2006 to help address dairy industry and rural sector succession needs.
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It remains one of the world's most controversial (and misunderstood) plants, but hemp has not only proven itself as a versatile natural fibre to make a wide range of products, from shoes, clothing, to paper, it’s now revealed itself as the perfect crop for Fonterra.
July 02, 2020
When COVID closed shops, and many of us were forced to work from home, baking often became the go-to activity for comfort.
November 11, 2020
A passion for people and lending her expertise to help her peers during COVID-19 has put Carol Feng a cut above the rest.
October 22, 2020
It might be whitebait season right now but a community in Northland is more set on making new homes for the silvery-white fish than catching them.
October 13, 2020
With one and a half decades of experience in cheese making, Cathy Lang knows her stuff when it comes to cheese and is excited to be involved in NZ Trade and Enterprise’s international “Made with Care” campaign.
October 21, 2020
Imagine if you had a job where you got to create and taste different ice creams all day long.
June 26, 2018
Fonterra farmers have a long history of success in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and that tradition continued at the 2018 national finals on May 12. Check out the 2018 Award Winners.
May 15, 2018
Fonterra is the first dairy company that can electronically trace its product anywhere in the world within minutes.
April 17, 2019
It was a special night for Fonterra farmers at the Ahuwhenua Trophy awards evening in Christchurch on May 25. Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy announced Bay of Plenty shareholders, the Onuku Māori Lands Trust as the winner of the Ahuwhenua Trophy Māori Excellence in Farming Award.
May 28, 2018
She never sleeps, works at lightning speed, and is single-handedly saving her teammates hours (if not days) of labour-intensive tasks. Enid is part of the Robotic Process Automation initiative taking place at Fonterra - freeing up time for staff to focus on higher value work.
June 12, 2018
They’re hot off the press and intended to help take the heat out of climate change.
October 13, 2020
Could cows be their own methane solution? It’s the million-dollar question for New Zealand’s largest industry: how can we stop cows from burping?
July 21, 2020
Fonterra NZMP has had its most successful year at the International Cheese and Dairy Awards.
August 06, 2019
How much water is too much or not enough? Find out how Fonterra is using innovative technology to farm for the future by finding the irrigation sweet spot.
June 28, 2018
Research results confirm that seaweed reduces or even prevents methane emissions from dairy cows. Meet the scientists who are leading this research.
July 02, 2018
China presents huge opportunities for Kiwi businesses. Have a read about how Fonterra China is generating more than $3.4 billion in annual sales revenue.
July 03, 2018