Egged, Israel transport Cooperative society ltd, was established in 1933 when four public transportation companies were merged into one. Egged operates 48% of the country’s public transportation service lines. The service lines are divided into three operating areas – Northern, Southern and Jerusalem.
Egged has set itself five objectives in promoting its operations
- Focus on the customer and improve the level of service
- Stress safety and driver professionalism
- Preserve profits amidst increasing competitive conditions
- Business development through diverse revenue sources
- Preserve the environment
The operation infrastructure includes:
18 Parking lots
- 20 Central Bus Stations
- 28 Garages
- 29 Branches
- 23 Terminals
- 1 Warehouse
- 3 Regional Offices
- 3, 057 service line buses (58 of them are bullet proof) and 25 minibuses
- 945 regular service and 2.562 alternative services
- 960,000 daily passengers
- 25,267 daily service line trips
- 720,073 km travelled daily
In 2014 Egged purchased 152 buses meet Euro 6 standard of emissions: 97 Mercedes OC500 intercity buses, 15 Man NG363 articulated low-floored buses (5 doors) and 40 Scania city low-floored buses.
Egged considers proper corporate governance to be of great importance and strives to ensure that its entire management level personnel perform in a suitable manner. As a cooperative, Egged’s goal is to preserve the interests of its members while maintaining the principles of democracy, fairness and
responsibility. The management election process at Egged is implemented in accordance with the regulations governing ‘Cooperative Associations’, Egged regulations and various rules that are amended by the organization as a result of the aforementioned regulations. Once every four years elections are held amongst the members to elect representatives for the various institutions in the organization such as the representative assembly and the management, supervisory and member tribunal committees. The Secretariat, the body’s executive arm, is elected by the management from amongst its members. The
Secretariat members then elect a Chairman. All members of the Egged Secretariat play a specific role in the organization. Egged employs both members (shareholders) and regular salaried workers.The unique cooperative structure of Egged is one of the main factors that contribute to its employees’ involvement and identification with the company’s aims and goals.
- Representative Assembly numbers 85 members who are elected in internal elections every four years. Representative Assembly is comprised of representatives from each branch or garage according to its relative size.
- Management numbers 19 members who are elected in the second stage of elections by Representative Assembly members. The Management approves budget, cooperative’s policy in various fields, investments, and loans
- Supervisory Committee numbers six members who are elected in cooperative’s elections. The Committee supervises all cooperative’s activities
- Members Tribunal numbers 40 members who are elected in cooperative’s elections to act as judges. The Tribunal deals with employees disciplinary issues. The hearings are conducted with panels of different sizes, based on the issue at hand, and includes both first and appeal court levels.
- Representative Assembly
- Supervisory Committee
- Members Tribunal
- Financial Committee
- Internal Committee
- Chairman of Secretariat
- Administration Departments
- HR, R&D
- Office of the Chairman
- Operation Departments
- Northern Operations
- Southern Operations
- Jerusalem Operations
All of the Egged management mechanisms are staffed by Egged members who are continuously examining and recommending improved methods of operation. Any changes made in the organization such as the introduction of new procedures are forwarded to members by various means that include: via the ‘Protocols’ website, email messages sent directly to the various operating sites, notices on the organization’s notice boards and by updating functionaries at departmental meetings. Items of a special and / or personal nature are relayed directly to each member and employee by personal letter.