Crime campaign

Safer colleagues, safer communities

Our safer colleagues, safer communities campaign is focussed on tackling crime and violence and protecting our colleagues.

"Nothing is more important than protecting our colleagues now and in the future" - Jo Whitfield, Retail Chief Executive.

Our Safer Colleagues Safer Communities report sets out why tackling crime against our colleagues and the communities in which they live is so important to us. It also sets out what we will be doing in the coming months and years ahead to tackle it.

We were delighted to support Usdaw’s Respect for Shop Workers Week in November 2018. As part of our support we hosted 48 MPs in our stores during the campaign week. The visits helped MPs to understand the realities our colleagues face and highlight our determination to protect those colleagues.

In October 2018 we supported David Hanson MP’s amendments to the Offensive Weapons Bill, which would make attacks on shop workers who are selling age-restricted goods an offence that would carry heavier sentences.

We hosted guest blogs from David Hanson MP and from Alex Norris MP providing opportunities for colleagues and members to add their voices by petitioning their local MP to support the amendments.

Safer Colleagues Safer Communities campaign

Some colleague stories that were submitted to the Home Office Call for Evidence, watch here.

These are the recommendations that we made to Government for the Home Office Call for evidence

Recommendations to Government from the Call for evidence

Damilola Taylor Trust short film

Damilola Taylor Trust long film

The Co-op is sponsoring the Damilola Taylor Trust Career Search and Development programme for 2019. For more information click here and to apply click here. Deadline for applications is 31 July.