"What one person cannot achieve is achieved by many," that was the conviction of Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, the initiator of the cooperative concept. This credo and the basic cooperative principles of self-help, self-responsibility and self-governance convinced the 37 founding members of the DENIC eG in 1996 to choose the organisational form of a cooperative. From the very beginning, they considered the management of the German namespace on the Internet and the provision of the necessary infrastructure a task to be tackled jointly.
Today, the private not-for-profit Cooperative represents more than 16 million .de domains and has a membership of over 300 Internet companies. A quarter of these members is based outside Germany, bringing international aspects to the DENIC community and spreading the cooperative idea throughout the world.
"Especially when decisions cannot be derived from past experience, consensus building on a broad basis pays off," DENIC CEO Jörg Schweiger describes the future sustainability of the cooperative concept, which is based on co-determination of equal partners.
The pioneer of the cooperative movement, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, was born 200 years ago. In 2018, he is honoured with the Raiffeisen Year under the patronage of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. What began in the mid-19th century as an agricultural purchasing association has become a successful model for companies in many sectors. That the concept of solidarity continues to exist today in most diverse and modern facets shows the Raiffeisen anniversary website.