Co-operative Group members encouraged to update their details and spearhead a new era of co-operation

23 September 2014

The Co-operative Group is encouraging its members to update their personal membership details so that they can play their full part in a new era for the Group.

As part of the major Governance reforms agreed at a Special General Meeting last month, the Group will move to the concept of “one member one vote” for its Individual Members following the registration of the new Rulebook.  Starting with the Group’s 2014 half yearly meeting, scheduled to be held on 6th December, voting at Society General Meetings will be conducted on the basis of one member, one vote, with the exception that Independent Society Members will be granted additional voting rights based on their level of trade through the Group.

This move will enable millions of the Co-operative Group’s Members to have a direct say on how The Co-operative Group is run and help shape its future.

The Co-operative Group sees this more direct member engagement as a vital ingredient in strengthening its local community links, and delivering the Group’s purpose of “championing a better way of doing business for you and your community”.  

Ursula Lidbetter, Chair of the Co-operative Group commented:

“We are now in a position where we can move forwards by reconnecting with our existing members, whilst at the same time attracting the next generation of Co-op members.

Ensuring that we remain relevant and co-operatively distinct will be fundamental to our long-term success and will allow our purpose to shine through in the communities we serve.”

Members can simply update their details by signing in at  or calling 0800 023 4708

Notes to Editors:

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest co-operative business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.”

For more information contact:

Dave Smith, 0161 767 4285 or 07702 152771     

Andrew Torr, 0161 767 4282 or 0770 505551