MÚTUA DOS PESCADORES (FISHERMEN'S MUTUAL)

THE MISSION OF THE FISHERMEN'S MUTUAL

Goals

Mútua dos Pescadores - Mútua de Seguros, CRL, is an insurance company that began operations in 1942, in the fisheries sector. With 16.000 shareholders, it became Portugal's largest association in the maritime sector. In 2004, the Mutual adopted the legal status of a cooperative (consumer cooperative), thus becoming the first and only cooperative insurance company in Portugal. It actively takes part in the federative structure of the social and cooperative sector. It is committed to the sustainable development of coastal communities.

Customers/beneficiaries

Professional and sport fishing;
Maritime cluster (leisure boating and coastal communities);
Social economy

Areas of intervention

Insurance
Social protection
Social and cooperative economy
Social and community development
Cultural and environmental promotion

Partners

Mutual insurance companies, social economy, fishing, the sea. Public bodies, local/regional, national and international development, training, environmental and gender-equality associations. It is open to university researchers, while cooperating with academic institutions.

RESOURCES:

Material:

A network of 15 offices in mainland Portugal, in the Azores and Madeira, some of which include a doctor's office providing treatment. Based in Lisbon with a public office, central services, including doctor's offices and providing treatment, along with a training facility.

Human resources:

100 elected officials, 50 workers, 200 employees.

Financial (2009):

Share capital 5.000.000€
Annual premiums 9.000.000€

HISTORY (brief)

1942: Created as a Mutual, as part of a government corporate fisheries organization.

1974: It becomes separate from the Government and became a mutual, run by its members (which were only fishermen, at the time).

2000: It begins working with other maritime sectors and receives the Fisheries Medal of Honour, awarded by the Ministry, in recognition of its social activity.

2004: Granted the status of a cooperative, it becomes the only Portuguese insurance consumers cooperative.

 

 
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