The Co-operative Group is owned by its members. All of the voting shares are owned by the members, who are individuals and other independent co-operative societies.
In order to raise finance, the Group has also issued debt securities, such as bonds, whereby large investors can effectively lend to the Group. These debt securities are listed on the stock exchange and as a result, there are a number of regulatory requirements with which the Group is required to comply. These include announcing to the stock exchange the Group’s annual and interim results, and other significant news.