Dr. you have stated multiple times in the past regarding vw that the emissions scandal wouldn't have, or at least would have been far more unlikely to happen, if it were a cooperative, but VW, like many german companies, has a work council where labor has a seat at the boardroom table. I'd like your thoughts on this as it reflects on cooperatives as more socially and economically aware enterprises. (if you've covered this I'm sorry, I'm only just working thru the archives)
The problem with workers councils is that they are a minority part of those Boards and thus allow for all sorts of things to be done without the labor council members agreeing or even knowing. Then too, there are boards who have provided favors for workers council members to side with them against their own fellow-workers, etc. It was an important step to get the corporate boards to be required to include workers, etc., but it was just a step and well short of the kinds of changes that a fully-formed workers coop would entail.