The Co-op Way 2017 - Co-operation

How we do business responsibly.

We want to be at the forefront of the global co-operative movement, using our scale and influence to promote its principles and help other co-operatives.


supporting the co-operative movement


new academies in 2017

Developing co-operative partnerships

We continue to build our partnerships nationally and internationally, supporting growth and recognition within the co-operative movement. In 2017, we paid £1.97m to support representative and affiliated bodies of the co-operative movement.

In the UK, we’ve partnered in the development of the National Co-operative Development Strategy to raise awareness of and support co-operatives and social enterprises.

Internationally, we were represented at the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) Global Leadership Forum. We also donated £50,000 to Co-operatives UK’s fund to establish co-operatives in areas affected by recent natural disasters overseas.

We're one of 300 co-operatives to have pledged support for Co-ops for 2030 - the ICA initiative to bring together the full extent of the global co-operatives commitment in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Co-op Academies

We added 3 new Co-op Academies in 2017 and we plan to grow the programme across the North of England as we continue to invest in education.

Find out more about our Academies - changing the lives of young people across the north of England through co-operation.