The DGRV - Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e.V. (German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation – reg. assoc.) and the GdW Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs- und Immobilienunternehmen e.V (GdW – National Federation of German Housing and Real Estate Enterprises – reg. assoc.) together form a union called the Free Committee of German Cooperative Federations. Its purpose is to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experience in the fundamental issues of the cooperative system, as well as to ascertain the interests of the cooperative system as a whole in dealings with the public and with legislators.
In the GdW National Federation of German Housing and Real Estate Enterprises, the housing cooperatives are organised by regional federations.