Co-op Chair issues rallying cry to Members ahead of AGM vote

27 April 2016

The Chair of the Co-op is urging its members to help maintain the mutual’s Rebuild momentum by voting at its forthcoming AGM.

Allan Leighton issued the rallying cry as members across the country receive their voting packs ahead of the Co-op’s annual meeting, which will take place in Manchester on 21 May. 

Members will have the opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Co-op by voting on a range of matters*; from Fairtrade products to ethics and sustainability and from Executive and colleague remuneration to political subscriptions and donations. Members not attending can still have their say by returning their ballot papers by midday on 18 May. 

The call to vote comes on the back of the Co-op’s 2015 annual results, with the Rebuild of the business firmly on track following £400 million of investment to support better products and services for members. That investment was reflected in strong sales growth in the Food, Funerals and General Insurance businesses.

The Co-op Group Board recognises the importance of the member voice to sustain and build upon the momentum within the business and the mutual’s move to one member one vote was a critical step in ensuring its large national membership has its say on key issues. For every vote received, The Co-op has also committed to donate 50p to support its joint-campaign with the British Red Cross to tackle isolation and loneliness. In just eight months, £1m has been raised and the AGM vote will boost this figure further.                

Allan Leighton, Co-op Chair said:

“The Co-op is so much more than a commercial business, and whilst I’m greatly encouraged by our current trading performance, it’s essential that our wider Co-op difference also shines brightly once more. To do this we need to build engagement among our millions of members so that our purpose can be felt throughout communities across the UK. I’m therefore asking our members to use their vote and in the process directly support our campaign to end loneliness in the UK.”

*A full list of motions could be found on the website


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Notes to editors

About The Co-operative Group

The Co-operative Group, one of the world’s largest consumer co-operatives, with interests across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9 billion.

Amongst its other wholly-owned businesses are the UK’s number one funeral services provider, a major general insurer and a developing legal services business.

The Group also has a minority shareholding in The Co-operative Bank and a joint-venture travel business with Thomas Cook.

Members eligible to vote

To vote a member must have met at least one of the following categories of spend in the Co-operative Group’s 2015 financial year (4 January 2015 – 2 January 2016)

  • Recorded a total level of trade with their membership card to the value of £250 or more in our Food, E-store businesses and/or The Co-operative Travel
  • Recorded any level of trade with their membership card with Co-operative Legal Services, Funeralcare and/or our General Insurance business
  • The named holder of a Co-op Funeralcare plan
  • Recorded a level of trade with the Co-operative Bank equating to 250 membership points or more